Exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow (Pre-clinical Hearing) to join the Bionics Institute, a world leader in the development of medical devices that change lives for people living with hearing loss.

About the Bionics Institute
The Bionics Institute is a world leader in the development of medical devices for the treatment for hard-to-treat 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.

About the role
As Research Fellow (Pre-Clinical Hearing), the incumbent is required to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team focused on the clinical translation of therapeutic technology to treat hearing loss, involved in projects in the pre-clinical hearing field using molecular, in vitro culture, histological and protein assay techniques.

The incumbent will be required to have or develop in vivo and in vitro skills to assess therapeutic treatments in preclinical models of hearing impairment including; pharmacokinetic analysis of drug therapy; histological analysis of tissue following therapeutic treatment; in vitro techniques for assessment of therapeutic outcomes of drug therapies; experimental design and data analysis.

Experience in biochemical techniques and protein therapeutics are also desirable. The research position involves close collaboration with investigators within the hearing therapeutics team and across different projects underway at the Bionics Institute. 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 testing of new technologies and, more broadly, to the effective operation and success of research projects at the Bionics Institute.

This position reports to a principal research fellow in the pre-clinical hearing research team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collect and analyse data from in vitro and in vivo experiments designed to evaluate therapeutic treatments for hearing impairment for example, drug pharmacokinetics, histology and in vitro assays to assess drug treatment in the auditory system.
  • Make contributions to experimental design and planning.
  • Contribute to the generation of intellectual property, the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication and scientific seminars.
  • Organise and maintain Laboratory Notebooks according to Bionics Institute guidelines and policies.
  • Contributions to, and assist with, the preparation of ethics applications and amendments ensuring all records are kept up to date.
  • Supervise staff, students and interns as appropriate.

Job complexity, skills, knowledge

Level of Supervision, Independence
The incumbent must be capable of independent decision making in all aspects of the research referred to under Key Responsibilities. Depending on the level of appointment, he/she may be required to assist in the supervision of staff and students working as part of the research team. He/she will be required to liaise with his/her supervisor on the basic focus of the research and any changes in direction that may be required arising from research developments.

Problem Solving, Judgement
Problems arising from the research should be solved independently and/or in collaboration with fellow researchers in the team, with reference to the incumbent’s supervisor when necessary. The incumbent will be required to solve problems as part of the research team, for example discuss with engineers, clinicians and other professionals solutions to problems and the interpretation of research results.

Minimum training level, qualifications and experience
The position requires experience in neuroscience. Experience in auditory neuroscience is also desirable. The incumbent must be highly motivated and have excellent communication skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary environment.


  • Experience in neuroscience
  • Cell/tissue culture experience
  • Biochemistry and protein assay techniques
  • Molecular techniques
  • Histological techniques
  • Experience with in vitro and in vivo techniques and data collection from pre-clinical models
  • A high level of communication skills
  • Very good publication record relative to opportunity and highly motivated to publish research outcomes


  • Experience in auditory neuroscience
  • Experience with surgical techniques in an experimental setting

This is a 2-3 year contract (to 31 December 2023) with the possibility to renew. For further information, please contact: Associate Professor Andrew Wise, Principal Researcher, by email [email protected] 

How to apply
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Applications close on Friday 11 June 2021