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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Imaging

One or more postdoctoral fellowship positions are available in the Clinical and Translational Imaging Unit, located within the Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, to study the cellular manifestation of retinal diseases. The lab has developed multimodal imaging tools for imaging the photoreceptor-retinal pigment epithelium-choriocapillaris complex using adaptive optics enhanced indocyanine green imaging and other techniques.

We are looking for a candidate who has a proven record of accomplishments working with challenging biological optics and microscopy projects who is interested in applying their skillset to understanding fundamental problems in vision science in relation to clinical manifestations of disease. Familiarity with one or more of the following will be viewed favorably: live cell fluorescence microscopy, mouse handling/procedures, mouse eye dissection, cell culture, photoreceptor/RPE biology, human subjects research, and working with custom optical instrumentation. As this is a broad recruitment, not all of the skillsets are required.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate why they are likely to be successful working in a highly multidisciplinary environment. Alongside clinical studies, we are also carrying out translational imaging experiments using cultured cells and mouse models of disease. For more details on Johnny Tam’s lab on Clinical and Translational Imaging, including a list of recent publications, please visit

Successful candidates should have: (1) PhD in advanced optical microscopy, engineering, biophysics, biology, vision science, or related discipline, (2) prior experience working with one or more of the skillsets listed above, and (3) ability to conduct research independently and work collaboratively with other scientists.

To apply, submit by email the following items: (1) a full CV that includes the names and dates of all current and previous research mentors and the candidate’s past research projects, (2) contact information for 3 references, and (3) a brief description of a couple of the most challenging projects that you have had to work on in your scientific career to date and how this had led to your interest in pursuing research projects in translational imaging at NEI. Please indicate your specific role in these projects. Informal inquiries are welcomed.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The position provides generous scientific resources, stipend support, and health benefits. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Johnny Tam
Stadtman Investigator
Chief, Clinical and Translational Imaging Unit
National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. DHHS, NIH, and NEI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last updated: February 28, 2022