Postdoctoral Research Associate – Optical Coherence Tomography (Skala Lab)

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and biomedical imaging. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The objective of this research project is to develop and apply photothermal optical coherence tomography and analysis techniques to quantitatively monitor melanin levels in the eye. Measurements will be made in calibration standards, animal models, and first-in-human studies. The Postdoctoral Researcher will optimize optical instrumentation, analysis, and acquisition procedures in collaboration with engineers, clinicians, and biologists in a joint collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The applicant will have access to state-of-the-art resources in biomedical photonics, and opportunities to develop other photonics techniques including high-throughput microscopy, multiphoton microscopy, and cancer biomarker discovery. This position will also provide a unique opportunity to gain experience in a multidisciplinary research environment.

UW-Madison consistently ranks among the top U.S. research universities and the City of Madison among the ‘best places to live in the US’ with a diversity of cultural and outdoor opportunities. In addition to competitive salary, health benefits, etc., Morgridge postdoctoral positions also provide the rare advantage of retirement benefits. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary duties.


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in an appropriate field of engineering or the physical sciences. The applicant should have experience with optical coherence tomography, signal analysis, and imaging biological samples. Excellent organizational and communication skills are a must. The initial appointment will be for a one-year period, with possibility of extension.

In order to insure the safety of our workplace, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required unless an exemption is granted for medical, disability or religious reasons.

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vita, a list of three references and a one-page statement of research interests using the link below.

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