1. Post-doctoral Adaptive Optics Research Fellow at US Food and Drug Administration

    Post-doctoral Adaptive Optics Research Fellow at US Food and Drug Administration

    Summary of information:

    Post-doctoral Adaptive Optics Research Fellow

    Seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral Adaptive Optics Research Fellow to work at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The candidate will work in the Division of Biomedical Physics under the direction of Drs. Zhuolin Liu and Daniel X. Hammer, and perform research with the FDA multimodal adaptive optics (mAO) imager. The FDA mAO imaging system has allowed visualization of different retinal cells, including the retinal ganglion cells. The candidate will be expected to: conduct human imaging in healthy and diseased eyes, perform data processing, analysis and presentation, upgrade of AO imagers, fabricate of AO model eyes, and assess imaging quality and performance of AO-enhanced ophthalmic devices. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in optics, biomedical engineering, or other engineering with strong knowledge and experience in vision science and ophthalmology. The well-equipped DBP labs contain several different AO and OCT imagers and are an ideal work environment for a self-starting post-doctoral fellow to make an impact on public health. The candidate will have opportunity to work with several collaborators at NIH NEI and other clinical and academic sites to develop tools and approaches to accelerate the translation of AO imaging technology to wide-spread clinical use. The candidate will be also expected to provide analysis support for collaborative team members. The position is located at FDA headquarters (Federal Research Center at White Oak, Silver Spring, MD). 

    Desired Skills and Experience

    • PhD in biomedical engineering, or comparable engineering with experience in optics

    • Prior first-author original research publications and presentations

    • Direct experience with constructing optical imaging instruments

    • Experience with AO, OCT, and other advanced imaging technologies

    • Strong C++, Matlab, LabVIEW, and Zemax programming skills

    • Knowledge of vision, ophthalmic diseases, and optical imaging devices

    Position Information

    This appointment is offered through the CDRH Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non-U.S citizens without regard to race, color, age religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran. The individual selected for appointments will not become employees of ORISE, ORAU, DOE, FDA, CDRH, or any other office or agency. Program participants will be paid a monthly stipend. Note this is not a GS position. This is an educational program and candidates should be within 5 years of completing a Ph.D. degree. The candidate should residence in the United States for a minimum of 3 of the last 5 years.


    Apply by sending cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references to zhuolin.liu@fda.hhs.gov and daniel.hammer@fda.hhs.gov. Please state your relevant past experience and career goals in the cover letter.

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