Research Associate

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute is seeking a motivated and organized Research Associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Arvind Chandna. The laboratory studies mechanisms of normal and abnormal vision and ocular motility in adults and children, including disorders such as strabismus, amblyopia and visual consequences of cerebral visual impairment and acquired brain injury.  There is a strong emphasis on translational research.  The successful applicant would be required to participate in one or more projects currently underway in the laboratory.

Current Projects

  • Studying mechanisms of vergence and accommodation in strabismus and other clinical conditions such as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) using eccentric photorefraction, eye tracking and other techniques
  • Studying mechanisms of visual function loss in amblyopia using low-channel and high-density EEG steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEP)

  • Exploring 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 in babies and young children


Candidates should have, or be close to completing, a Ph.D. in visual neuroscience, visual perception, ocular motility or a related area.

Strong skills should be demonstrable in:

  • Programming, especially MATLAB
  • Quantitative data analysis

  •  Statistical methods

  •  Writing papers and assisting in grant applications

Desirable skills depending on the project, include experience with:

  •   EEG/VEP recording and signal processing analysis
  • Psychophysics and behavioral measures

  •  Eye movement recording and analysis

  •  A clinical background will be helpful

The position is exempt, full-time, 5 days per week (100% effort) with full benefits.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute is home to a number of federally-funded investigators with specialties that include visual psychophysics, oculomotor physiology, visual system fMRI and EEG and artificial computer vision. Collaborations between labs is frequent and encouraged. We are located in San Francisco, a hub of biomedical and biotech research with cultural amenities that include diverse dining and entertainment venues, and easy access to outdoor activities in many parks and waterways. Our location and reputation in vision science affords the opportunity for scientists to collaborate with nearby universities and tech companies.

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.