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[Post-Doc] Post doctoral offer at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute


Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in Blindness/Low Vision Accessibility and other Vision Research fields

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, California, USA

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute announces the opening of an exciting opportunity to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. We have three open positions: two funded by an NEI Institutional Training Grant, and the other funded by a Smith-Kettlewell fellowship.

In connection with this announcement, the Coughlan Lab is seeking individuals interested in working with Dr. James Coughlan or other mentors at Smith-Kettlewell. Dr. Coughlan focuses on accessibility technology research for visual impairments, including the following topics: indoor and outdoor wayfinding (e.g., improving access to bus stops and orientation at traffic intersections); audio-haptic interactions with media and objects such as tactile graphics, 3D models used in STEM and educational contexts, and household appliances; hand gesture-based user interfaces; and user interfaces facilitating effective camera use by individuals with visual impairments. Such research will draw on a variety of environmental sensing technologies, including computer vision, SLAM and visual-inertial odometry, inertial sensors, machine learning/deep learning and crowdsourcing, as appropriate.

Smith-Kettlewell is a uniquely attractive place to receive postdoctoral training in vision research and related fields. Our program offers the flexibility to design an individualized training plan tailored to achieve each fellow’s specific career goals. We train fellows to become independent scientists, with strong support and encouragement for fellows to propose and pursue their own research in close collaboration and mentorship with one or more of our experienced principal investigators. Many of our fellows have successfully established their own funded research programs with fruitful and fulfilling careers.

The fellowships require a Ph.D. or M.D. and are normally awarded for two years, with our most successful fellows often being invited to continue as sponsored investigators. Applications from individuals with disabilities or other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. The NEI Training Grant requires that fellows be US citizens or permanent residents. The Smith-Kettlewell fellowship is open to US Citizens and foreign nationals.

Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2019. Details of the program and application procedures can be found at To apply, please contact Dr. Coughlan or one of the other mentors to begin the application process. If you have further questions, please email Dr. Preeti Verghese or Beatriz St. John at

Link to the official offer here