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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.

Post-doctoral Research Fellow – Neuroscience of Hearing

The translational hearing research group at the Bionics Institute, led by Professor Colette McKay, is seeking a creative and inquisitive neuroscientist who is passionate about improving the quality of life of cochlear implant users. This 18-month post-doctoral position, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, aims to address the large variability in speech understanding experienced by adult cochlear implant users. This variability is not understood well and may have multiple peripheral and central causes. In spite of this variability, cochlear implant sound processors are usually programmed in a default way. In this project, we will develop diagnostic tests (using psychophysical and fNIRS brain imaging techniques) in new implant users to assess peripheral and central limitations that affect how they develop speech understanding over the first year of their implant use. These diagnostic tests will be used in follow-up studies (contingent on funding) that will evaluate techniques to overcome the limitations found in the diagnostic tests. These techniques, chosen individually for each implant user, may include changing the programming or signal processing in the sound processor or carrying out targeted auditory training.

You will be joining a team that includes neuroscientists, clinicians, postgraduate students and engineers. Reporting to Professor McKay, you will:

  • lead the day-to-day operation of the project, including experimental design, data collection, analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • contribute to grant proposals for research funding for projects consistent with the strategic goals of the Bionics Institute
  • contribute to the preparation of progress reports, IP disclosures, patent applications and scientific seminars
  • contribute to supervision or mentoring of post-graduate students when appropriate
  • support other members of the group as needed and appropriate, including attendance at and contribution to group meetings

Key essential selection criteria for this position are:

  • a PhD in an area relevant to hearing research or equivalent research experience (e.g. neuroscience, audiology, engineering or brain imaging)
  • experience in performing psychophysical and speech understanding experiments with human participants
  • a track record of writing for scientific publications
  • highly developed interpersonal skills

It is also desirable that one or more of the following criteria be met:

  • An understanding of and/or practical experience with functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Previous experience with supervision or mentoring of research staff and/or students
  • Experience working with cochlear implant recipients
  • Experience using MATLAB software.

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Further information

For further information, please contact Colette McKay on (03) 9667 7541 or [email protected]

How to apply

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

Applications close Wednesday 25 August.

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.