Organisation Context

The Bionics Institute is a world leader in the development of medical devices for the treatment of otherwise intractable conditions. The Bionics Institute is in an exciting phase, developing therapeutic technology for hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease and unique methods for the improved diagnosis of epilepsy, movement disorders and deafness.

Position Summary

As an Electronics Engineer, the incumbent is required to work as a member of inter-disciplinary research and development teams. Responsibilities will include involvement in various projects in both the pre-clinical and clinical research field developing neuro-modulation systems and electrophysiological equipment for use in pre-clinical and clinical applications. The incumbent will be required to develop a broad range of skills including a sound knowledge of the electrode-tissue interface; electrophysiology; signal analysis; chronic stimulation; design for manufacture; and regulatory pathways for medical devices. The position involves close collaboration with investigators across different projects underway at the Bionics Institute and with external stakeholders. The incumbent is expected to be highly motivated and exhibit a high level of communication skills. The incumbent is expected to contribute significantly to the development of new technologies and more broadly to the effective operation and success of the Bionics Institute.

This position reports to the Research Director.

Position Goals

  • Support development activities for neuro-modulations systems as they progress through the pipeline from conception, pre-clinical development, early product design, manufacture and clinical application
  • Develop specific solutions for implantable and wearable neuro-modulation systems

Key Responsibilities

  • Define requirements and designs of electronic componentry and associated firmware/software for medical devices
  • Deliver detailed documentation of device designs (BOM, circuit diagrams, code, …) compliant with design control requirements
  • Design and build experimental prototypes and test setups necessary to perform bench, characterisation and in vivo testing, integration / system testing
  • Design for reliability, small scale manufacturing and testing, including concept development, circuit simulations, functional modelling / testing
  • Work with clinicians to capture, evolve and implement requirements and designs suitable for early product development in pre-clinical and clinical applications
  • Interface with other engineering disciplines and researchers to ensure electronic/software designs are compatible with systems requirements and use cases
  • Define test plans to verify safety and reliability of electronic/software designs in compliance with applicable standards, (e.g. IEC 60601-1, IEC 62304, IEC 62366, TGA and FDA advice on developing Active Implantable Medical Devices, etc.) and in collaboration with project/institute stakeholders
  • Providing general engineering support for neuro-modulation / electrophysiology research equipment
  • Organise and maintain design history files, laboratory notebooks and other data capture systems in according to Bionics Institute guidelines and regulatory requirements
  • Provide technical and mentoring support to Bionics Institute staff and students as and when required
  • Make original contributions to scientific manuscripts for publication and scientific seminars on the research performed.
  • Supervise students and interns as appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively with researchers, clinicians and other staff.
  • Attend and contribute where appropriate to meetings associated with relevant projects.

Key Selection Criteria - What is needed for success

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Strong hands-on skills, experience in fabrication of miniaturised electronics for medical and implantable applications, and diagnostics using electronic test equipment and debugging tools
  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in biomedical or electronic engineering
  • Experience in an inter-disciplinary environment
  • Experience in embedded hardware and software design with an emphasis on small, low powered implantable and wearable devices
  • Experience in developing neural recording and/or neural stimulation devices or biomedical equipment
  • A high level of communication skills
  • Experience in preclinical, translational or clinical research
  • Experience recording/analysing electrophysiological data

Personal Qualities

  • Results Focused
  • Logical, creative, and innovative thinking
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and push the initiative

Role Classification Descriptors

Tax Complexity 

Complex and Innovative: Work at this level is of a developmental or strategic nature. Difficulties facing the position holder include options that have a bearing on outcome or original plans, the scale of operations may add to complexity, critical industrial or legal issues, and necessity for application of state of the art knowledge, techniques or technologies to work tasks and or situations. Work at this level requires the position holder to analyse and evaluate information and apply most relevant solution to achieve results.

Knowledge

Broad: Substantial theoretical and technical knowledge required surrounding neuro-modulation systems, practical considerations in application and implementation of ISO standards.

Judgement/Problem Solving

Adaptive: At this level the position holder is expected to be able to solve diverse problems by applying subject matter knowledge and previous experience. This may include making regular decisions that impact outside the immediate work area such as the deployment of resources or services. Provides assistance with and starts to own forward planning processes, such estimating and budgeting as derived from operational responsibilities. There is some discretion to innovate within own function and to take responsibility for outcomes.

Level of Supervision/Autonomy

Broad: Position holder is told at a high-level what outcomes need to be achieved by the team, when they need to be completed and who needs to be involved in achieving them. Position holder participates in decision making and operates within the broad framework of organisational policies and procedures.

Organisational Relationships and Impacts

Advanced: Position holder is able to apply a detailed knowledge of the interaction between work unit policies, processes and procedures within their own area and understand how this impacts on other work areas. Is expected to provide advice and assistance to others and to make suggestions for change to make improvements to operations. Responsibilities at this level are starting to have an impact at an organisational level, beyond own work team.

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Further Information

For further information about the research project, please contact the Program Manager, Owen Burns, by email: [email protected].

How to apply

Submit your application by clicking ‘Apply for Job’ via SEEK.

Please include a brief cover letter that addresses the selection criteria.

This is a fixed-term contract to 31 December 2024 with the possibility to renew (contingent on funding). 

Applications close on Friday 09 July.

The Bionics Institute is an independent medical research institute affiliated with The University of Melbourne, and is dedicated to translating into clinics life-enhancing treatments for neurological and sensory disorders. The Bionics Institute is an equal opportunity employer and female applicants are encouraged to apply. The Institute maintains a smoke free workplace and a workplace free from sexual harassment. The Bionics Institute’s workplace embraces the Occupational Health and Safety Standards.