Teng Lab Opportunities

Interested in working with the Cognition, Action, and Neurodynamics lab? Some current opportunities are listed below. In all cases, for general information, visit the lab homepage or PI homepage or email the lab PI, Santani Teng, at santani@ski.org. For other opportunities at SKI, visit our Current Opportunities page or Volunteering page.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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The Cognition, Action, and Neurodynamics laboratory at The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute seeks a postdoctoral fellow to investigate auditory perception and active sensing in blind persons using electroencephalography (EEG). The funded project is a study of echolocation, an active perception method in which people make vocalizations (such as tongue “clicks”) and perceive the echoes from environmental features. We seek to understand the neural time course of echo processing and the relationship between brain signals and perception.

The fellowship begins on July 1, 2020 and is funded for up to 2.5 years, with renewal after 1 year, contingent on performance and mutual agreement. The fellow will be encouraged and supported in pursuing additional funding opportunities.  The ideal candidate will have a background in psychology, vision, audition, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related fields. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required by the fellowship start date. Proficiency with experimental psychology procedures, scientific programming environments such as Python or Matlab, and advanced MEG/EEG methods are essential. Additionally, the fellow will be expected to work independently and flexibly with colleagues, prospective junior trainees, and participants who are blind.

The fellowship, funded by the E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation and SKERI, is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Fellows at Smith-Kettlewell are supported and encouraged to become independent scientists and pursue their own research lines. Successful fellows often continue here as sponsored investigators. The institute’s location in San Francisco and reputation in vision science affords postdocs the opportunity to collaborate with nearby universities and tech companies. Applications from individuals with disabilities or other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. (The VSS meeting in May is a potential interview venue, if you are planning to attend.) To begin the application process, please send a cover letter, references, and CV to santani@ski.org.

Interns/volunteers

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We welcome queries from research assistant interns/volunteers for ongoing research projects related to auditory, visual, and tactile perception; assistive technology; and neural information processing. We are investigating these topics in sighted and blind/visually impaired persons across a wide range of ages.

Interns would work under the direct supervision of the lab Principal Investigator (PI) and/or a postdoctoral fellow specific to the project. Specific duties will be determined in interviews to fit project needs and candidate skills and interests. Duties may include the following: recruiting, enrolling, and scheduling research participants; assisting the PI with behavioral, survey, and electroencephalographic data collection; assisting the PI with data processing and analysis; organizing and maintaining research notes and records; debriefing participants; and lab maintenance. We will train you to perform the necessary tasks, including training in human subjects protection, the responsible conduct of research, and procedures appropriate to your project.

Ideal candidates will be working toward a degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, engineering, or computer science (or have skills and experience consistent with those tracks). Our most successful interns are dependable, collegial, able to work in interdisciplinary teams, receptive to feedback, self-motivated, and attentive to detail. Basic proficiency in office and web/email software, academic literature searches, and professional communication are required. Coursework and experience with experimental procedures, scientific presentation/analysis programming environments such as Python or Matlab, and standards of scientific practice are pluses.

We will consider applications as long as positions are available. 

Experimental participants

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If you are interested in participating in a study, contact the PI to inquire about currently active recruitment, or visit SKI's Participation page.