Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at the Burke Neurological Institute, affiliated with Cornell University. The successful applicant will join a team whose mission is to develop and test quantitative, objective methods for assessing and treating visual dysfunction in humans.
When clinicians want to assess visual impairment and recovery following injury to the brain, the available methods are often subjective and insensitive to small changes. As a result, we know surprisingly little about what characterizes difference types of visual dysfunction and what makes rehabilitation strategies effective or ineffective. The lack of evidence-based practice is a major barrier to creating more effective therapies for people with neurological injuries or disease. You will join an NIH-funded research program led by Dr. Glen Prusky and work with a team of other scientists to advance neurological assessment and therapy. We are designing and testing new technology, based on eye-tracking, to make objective, quantitative measurements of vision and build practicable tools for its rehabilitation.
The position is part of a research collaboration between the Burke Neurological Institute, a leader in the science of neurorehabilitation, and Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a leader in pediatric neurorehabilitation. All Directors of the collaboration are faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University’s medical school. The position will be largely devoted to advancing assessment in the vision program through software engineering, parameter testing, and the in-depth analysis of eye-tracking data. This translational program seeks to bring the best in contemporary neuroscience to the assessment and treatment of children with brain injury. Weekly seminars from internationally-recognized speakers, journal clubs, and a strong emphasis on collaboration make BNI an exceptional training environment.
The position is available to start immediately, and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Applicants should be willing to commit to a two-year appointment; the term may be renewable. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and standard benefits will be offered.
The position will require you to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop and validate software for assessing visual and neurological function and analyzing large eye-tracking datasets. This will involve designing new eye-tracking-based tasks to measure vision, conducting experiments to test them, analyzing the results and iterating upon feedback to improve the task, and writing papers for scientific publication. The successful candidate will have:
• a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience, vision science, experimental psychology, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or other field related to the research;
• experience working with, or willingness to work with the collection and analysis of eye-tracking data;
• strong software programming skills. The software we develop will need to be cleanly written, maintainable, reusable, and able to function robustly in the hands of non-technical users. We have been working primarily with Python and C++ but will consider candidates lacking extensive direct experience of these languages (e.g. candidates proficient in MATLAB) if their skills are broad enough;
• strong interest in the “gamification” of psychological measurement and the design of procedures that covertly assess visual and cognitive ability while presenting subjects with interactive and stimulating tasks.
Experience or interest in the following areas is not essential but will be considered an advantage:
• designing and conducting experiments in cognitive neuroscience and/or human psychophysics;
• research experience in vision science, mathematics, and/or computer science;
• collecting data from patients (including children) in a clinical setting;
• machine-learning and/or “big data” analysis;
• user interface and/or user experience design;
• video game design.