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Visual Function Core

The Vision Function Core (VFC) at the National Eye Institute (NEI), in Bethesda, Maryland, is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow that will enhance the facility's research by investigating and discovering new imaging and physiological techniques for studying the retina in its living state. We are particularly seeking a self-motivated candidate with a strong interest in imaging and translational applications in vision research.

The facility employs state-of-the-art imaging and physiological equipment including ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT), non-invasive electrophysiological recording setups, and apparatus for visual behavior tests. Potential projects involve 1) using non-invasive techniques for evaluating the effects of novel interventions to stimulate translational research projects, including the creation of a suite of imaging and recording methods to generate quantitative outcomes that can report the effect of new drugs in animal models; 2) Creating imaging tools and techniques that allow for the correlation between clinical studies in humans to those in animals; and 3) Developing new imaging techniques that can visualize biomarkers or currently undetectable physiological changes.

Successful candidates should have: 1) doctoral training in experimental (bench) research, preferably in neuroscience, cell biology, or vision research, 2) a productive publication record, and 3) an interest in both basic and translational research in the vision sciences.

The position provides generous scientific resources and stipend support. Stipends are commensurate with research experience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and three letters of reference via e-mail ( or post to:

Haohua Qian, Ph.D.
Visual Function Core
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health
49 Convent Dr.
MSC 4436
Bethesda, MD 20892

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Last Reviewed: November 2012

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