Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary RESEARCH ASSISTANT in Boston, Massachusetts

Description Interested in joining a large active research group with outstanding facilities, in a great location, that is doing state-of-the-art work that matters?

Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass Eye and Ear, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has an opening for a full-time research assistant to work with Prof. Eli Peli and colleagues in the Mobility Enhancement and Vision Rehabilitation Center of Excellence.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly-motivated person with above-average computer skills who would enjoy the challenge of working with virtual reality systems (e.g. head-mounted displays) in studies evaluating the effects of state of the art electro-optical imaging system for visual prostheses on object recognition and visual search. Major responsibilities will be associated with simulated visual prostheses using VR system, including developing test bed and running experiments, and prepare and conduct trainings of blind people in the use of visual prostheses. The position involves interacting with visually impaired and normally sighted subjects and provides an opportunity to learn to administer common clinical vision tests.

The position involves all stages of the research process from planning experiments to assisting with manuscript writing and presentation preparation. The responsibilities will include training subjects in use of visual prosthesis, developing and implementing experimental protocols, collecting data, running experimental sessions, maintaining databases, and processing and analyzing data. Research assistants in the lab frequently coauthor or even serve as lead authors on publication and have a great record of ending in excellent professional or graduate programs (see people page of our web site).

Requirements BA or BS in an area related to vision science or computer science is required, MS would be a plus. Good problem solving skills, the ability to work independently and with a multidisciplinary team on multiple tasks, and strong interpersonal skills are essential. A strong background in computer use is necessary and an interest in developing programming skills would be advantageous. A good candidate needs to be interest in visual prosthesis or human vision in general. Knowledge of experimental psychology, visual psychophysics, image processing, 3D rendering or statistics would be a plus.

Requisition Number: 16-0041

Post Date: 2/10/2016


Department: Peli Lab

Hours Per Week: 37

City: Boston

State: MA