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Advanced Clinical Visualization

National Institute of Nursing Research , Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:
The Advanced Visualization Branch (AVB), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), has an opening for a postdoctoral training position. The position is in the newly established laboratory of Patti Brennan, RN, PhD, whose current research program seeks to develop augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) tools to improve the patient experience and aid in patient self-care activities. This effort will involve designing and evaluating innovative ways to present health information to people with complex disease that rely on self-management, and creating a better understanding of the human experience of immersive visualization. The laboratory's primary focus involves developing and evaluating AR/VR experiences with attention to engaging the participant in multi-sensory experiences and examining the impact on health behavior. The laboratory will participate in a wide variety of collaborative projects and a technical support team will assist in developing the AR/VR experiences. The funding for this position is stable and acceptable topics of study include human perception, construction of AR/VR experiences, and self-management of clinical conditions aided by AR/VR exposure. A two-year commitment is requested and there may be opportunities for extending this appointment.

Candidates should have or be close to obtaining a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, educational psychology, computer science (with specialization in visualization and/or human computer interaction), engineering, computer aided design or a closely related field. A nursing degree is desirable, but not required. Candidates with a keen interest in advanced visualization development, patient education, and studies of perception are particularly encouraged to apply. Competitive applicants will have an established publication record in advanced visualization or cognitive perception and high proficiency in programming skills. Prior experience with head-mounted visualization devices and motion tracking would be a plus. Strong skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to work semi-independently are also required.

Essential: experience with computer-mediated patient engagement or self-management tools, ability to grasp both the technical and clinical dimension of the work, and outstanding skill in design of experiments.

To Apply:

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position, as well as how you see this position further your career goals (include your earliest start date).
  • CV or resume.
  • Contact information for three professional references including your doctoral advisor, along with a brief description of the type and duration of your relationship with these individuals.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to Please include the following in the email subject line: AVB Post-doc 2017.

Application Deadline Date:  This position will be open until filled. The start date is negotiable with a start date as early as January 2018.

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DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage applications from women and minorities.