Research Assistant Professor in Optics & Neurophotonics | Vaziri Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics, The Rockefeller University

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Position Location: 
New York, NY
Job Description: 

The Vaziri Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics (LNB) at the Rockefeller University is focused on the development and application of advanced optical imaging technologies to advance neuroscience. Over the last years, we have developed a portfolio of optical technologies that allow for large-scale and whole-brain optical recoding and manipulation of neuroactivity at high spatiotemporal resolution across model systems with an emphasis on development of imaging tools for highly scattering brain tissues. In our most recent imaging technology, we have shown that up to 1 million neurons distributed across different depths of both hemispheres of the mouse cortex can be recorded at single cell resolution.  

To further push the development of advanced neurotechnologies and microscopy tools, we are seeking to fill one or more academic/faculty positions with the specific title and responsibilities commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. Candidates hired at the Research Associate or Senior Research Associate level will be eligible for promotion to the rank of Research Assistant Professor subject to successful review by a university committee. More experienced candidates hired at the level of Research Assistant or Research Associate Professor will assume a leadership role in the LNB and have the opportunity to develop an independent and synergistic research program aligned with the ongoing efforts at our department. They would lead a team supported by independently or jointly acquired external funding while imbedded in the LNB, benefiting from the existing laboratory infrastructure and scientific environment.  

Possible areas of candidates’ research at LBN include 

  • Development, optimization and application of new optical or non-optical methods for large-scale neuroimaging and optogenetics
  • Deep tissue imaging and imaging through scattering media
  • Computational imaging technologies, machine learning and advanced statistics
  • Development of early-stage technologies for bioimaging and biology based on conceptually new approaches from quantum optics/quantum sensing, ultrafast optics, nano-photonics or other areas
  • Development of new molecular sensors and use of biochemical or synthetic biological approaches to enable neurotechnology development

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and support one or multiple research projects at senior level while training and mentoring junior scientists
  • Develop together with the Head of Laboratory research projects and acquire jointly or independently research funding
  • Support Head of Laboratory with execution of the laboratory research program
  • Author, publish, and present research findings
  • As needed, lead internal and external collaborative projects, serve as a liaison to industry and support the dissemination of developed technologies


  • PhD in physics, optics, optical / electrical engineering, or related fields
  • Ambitious, creative and motivated by enabling engineering innovations with lasting impact in biology
  • Demonstrated track record of innovation and scientific excellence
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and projects and work as a key part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Prior experimental work experience in academia or industry on one or more of these areas is highly desired: designing and constructing complex optical systems/instruments, ultra-fast optics, non-linear optics, quantum optics, computational modeling, systems neuroscience

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a policy that forbids discrimination in employment for protected characteristics. The Administration has an Affirmative Action Program to increase outreach to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. 


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