Mentor:  MiYoung Kwon, PhD. Assistant Professor, School of Medicine (SOM), Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Email:  Kwon@uab.edu


Two postdoctoral positions are now available at the laboratory of MiYoung Kwon (http://labs.uab.edu/kwon/) in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The lab is funded by the NIH/NEI, Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), and the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama.

ABOUT THE RESEARCH:

The research agenda in the lab is to understand how the human visual system adapts to pathological changes with the following specific goals: 

  1. To characterize the statistical properties of the visual world altered by vision loss
  2. To understand how the brain encodes and learns to interpret degraded sensory information
  3. To understand how training/learning modifies visual processing in impaired vision
  4. To translate a patient’s eye health information into everyday visual function

The research involves structural and functional MRI, psychophysics, eye tracking, retinal imaging techniques (e.g., OCT), and computational modeling/machine learning.

Please also see our recent publications: https://labs.uab.edu/kwon/publications

ABOUT THE POSITIONS:

Position 1: Functional brain imaging

The ideal candidate must have a Ph.D., preferably with a specialization in brain imaging and/or vision research; proficiency in computer programming (MATLAB/PsychToolBox or Python) and neuroimaging software (SPM, Freesurfer, or FSL) and computational/statistical analysis. Experience with eye tracking, EEG or MEG would be a plus. 

Position 2: Computation and modeling

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in quantitative science or a related and relevant field; background in data mining, machine learning, network analysis, and/or statistical modeling; strong computer programing and analytical skills. The successful candidate will have access to large data sets of structural and functional eye health information, eye movements, and higher-level visual function such as reading, visual search, and driving.

HOW TO APPLY:

Both positions are available immediately. Initial appointment for both positions will be for one year, with possible renewal for additional year(s). Pay will follow the NIH payscale. For more information, contact MiYoung Kwon at kwon@uab.edu Interested applicants should submit an email of the following items (in a single PDF file):

  1. Indicate whether you are applying for Position 1 or 2
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A brief statement of research interests / future research plans (no more than 1 page)
  4. Provide 3 references, including contact information for each
  5. Copies of 1-2 selected publications

All interested applicants should submit their application to kwon@uab.edu. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the position is filled.

 

The lab is conveniently located in the UAB Callahan Eye hospital clinic, which provides easy access to a variety of patient populations and theoretical/clinical expertise from ophthalmologists, optometrists, vision scientists, and optical imaging/biomedical engineers. The UAB Civitan Neuroimaging Center (https://www.uab.edu/medicine/cinl/) houses a 3T Siemens Prisma scanner equipped with an Eyelink 1000 eye tracker and a BOLDscreen 32 display from SR Research Ltd.

UAB offers excellent postdoctoral training and education programs (e.g., various workshops on grant writing, presentation and teaching skills; tuition waivers for graduate level courses - also for a spouse) and fringe benefits (e.g., 403b matched up to 5% of salary). More information can be found here: https://www.uab.edu/postdocs/perspective-postdoctoral-scholars



About our Postdoc Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.