Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Melbourne, Australia
Monday, 15 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 15 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: School of Health Sciences
Salary: $73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

This position is in the Downie Laboratory: Anterior Eye, Clinical Trials and Research Translation Unit within the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. The Principal Investigator of this research Unit is A/Prof Laura Downie.

The research undertaken in this Unit has a strong translational focus, combining discovery research, clinical studies, and evidence synthesis and implementation science, as the basis for improving patient outcomes.

The current scope of research in the Unit spans:

  • Investigating tears as a platform for understanding human health: linking tear analysis with the clinical characterisation of ocular and systemic disease;
  • Clinical trials to test new diagnostics and therapeutics, with a primary focus on conditions affecting the ocular surface; and
  • Supporting the translation of evidence into practice, including undertaking systematic reviews, and developing and evaluating interventions to support evidence-based practice.

The Unit has extensive collaborations within the University of Melbourne, as well as internationally (including with researchers at the Universities of Manchester, Birmingham and Oxford). More information about current projects, and recent research outputs, is available at:

This fixed-term Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow position focuses on research in anterior eye disease and tear biomarkers.

A major aspect of the role relates to undertaking research for a NHMRC Development Grant project (APP1172192: ADMiER: A novel, point-of-care device to diagnose and subtype dry eye disease) under the direct report of A/Prof Laura Downie (Principal Investigator), and in close collaboration with the engineering team of Co-Investigator Prof Leslie Yeo (RMIT University).

This project aims to deliver a new clinical testing device that measures the physical properties of tears to accurately diagnose dry eye disease. The technology has the capacity to be a transformative advance over existing tests, and aims to deliver a novel device to the eye care clinical environment to improve the identification of tear dysfunction. This is a milestone-focussed project, with clearly defined deliverables. The incumbent will also contribute to the wider research activity of the Unit, as detailed above.

The main physical location for the role will be within the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus.

Position Description


Applications close: 15 Mar 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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