Research Assistant

Binocular Vision, Strabismus, Amblyopia, Cerebral Visual Impairment

Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Arvind Chandna, M.D. at The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. This is a one-year position with extension for one more year following successful appraisal at end of year one. This position is available immediately.

Our laboratory studies mechanisms of normal and abnormal vision and ocular motility in adults and children with special emphasis on neurotypicals, strabismus, amblyopia cerebral visual impairment, acquired brain injury with visual electrophysiology/EEG methods and measures of eye movements, accommodation with eye trackers and infrared photorefractor. There is a strong emphasis on translational research in infants and children. The successful applicant would be required to mainly participate in one or more current projects outlined below.

Current projects

  • Studying mechanisms of visual function loss in amblyopia and strabismus using low-channel and high-density EEG steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEP).
  • Exploring low, mid and higher visual function deficits (HVFDs) in children with mild to moderate cerebral visual impairment (CVI) using qualitative assessment methods, as well as quantitative measures using SSVEP.
  • Developing applications for visual assessment and training in babies and young children.

There is also exposure and eventual participation in current projects in the Visuomotor Lab: studying mechanisms of vergence and accommodation in strabismus and other clinical conditions such as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) using photorefraction and eye tracking.

Scope of responsibilities

  • Assists in and eventually carries out independently, various research activities
  • Recruits and schedules subjects
  • Measurement on human research participants
  • Responsible for appropriate secure storage; data analyses, instrument calibrations, requisitioning, procurement and/or ancillary functions pertaining to the performance of the specified research
  • Prepares written documentation for IRB submission; experimental results and contributes to literature reviews maintain appropriate reference software.
  • Keeps accurate records and a working daily notebook of all activities related to discussions, meetings, experimental and logistical work of research projects
  • Assists in grant writing
  • Prepares manuscripts with appropriate authorship
  • Writes manuscripts (optional) with appropriate authorship


  • B.S. or B.A. degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science or a related field
  • Knowledge of Matlab software is a plus, but not necessary
  • Scientific background and basic understanding of vision research methods
  • Ability to work independently
  • Creative problem solving and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and punctuality
  • Professional, reliable and responsible, with a positive demeanor

Preferred qualifications

  • A background in vision, ophthalmology, optometry or orthoptics is preferred
  • Previous experience in one or more of the ongoing projects mentioned above
  • Previous experience working with childre
  • Programming experience: Matlab, C++, java, iOS, android
  • Working knowledge of statistics and data representation

The position is full-time, non-exempt, and eligible for full benefits.  Our generous benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, commuter and pension plan.

Please send cover letter and resume addressed to Dr. Arvind Chandna to

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals including applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.