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Optical Engineering Position—Advanced Technology for Retinal Imaging

Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester has an open position for an optical engineer with expertise in novel optical system design, construction and optimization. MS or PhD-level experience in optical design is a key qualification. The successful applicant will work with a collaborative team of vision scientists that design and deploy imaging systems to study biological aspects of vision including: retinal imaging, eye tracking, ocular imaging and microscopy of living systems. Background in vision science is not a requirement. Applicant will have strong understanding of optical systems with added benefit coming from experience with scanning and array detection imaging systems.

The applicant will work closely with faculty in the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA), a multidisciplinary imaging team comprised of researchers from the Flaum Eye Institute, the Center for Visual Science and the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. The ARIA group is passionate about understanding the physiology underlying healthy and diseased visual systems. Participating investigators include Jennifer Hunter, William Merigan, Jesse Schallek, and David Williams and include over 30 students, staff and members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and operate custom-built instruments for retinal imaging of the living eye
  • Optical alignment and calibration of custom instrumentation
  • Design, fabrication and optimization of new subsystems to enhance imaging systems
  • Training undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows on instrumentation
  • Laser safety maintenance
  • Conducting imaging experiments independently and with team members

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in Optical Engineering preferred with 2 years of relevant experience
  • Hands-on experience with the construction and alignment of optical instrumentation
  • Knowledge of sequential ray tracing using optical design software (Zemax or Code V)
  • Experience in troubleshooting optical systems and familiarity with equipment repair
  • Experience in performing independent engineering/scientific research
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management practices, methods and techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in the field of ophthalmoscopy and vision science is not required

Rochester is an exciting place to pursue a career in biomedical optics, with The Institute of Optics, the Center for Visual Science, and the Flaum Eye Institute here at the University, as well as local companies with expertise in optics and imaging. For additional information see the Center for Visual Science website and the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance website.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

Debbie Shannon, Administrator
Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0270

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer.