Research Assistant/Research Officer/ Senior Research Officer, Bionic Eye Clinical Trial Program

Sydney, Australia
Oct 16, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 31, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to participate in research project for the Bionic Eye Clinical Trial Program
  • Located at Camperdown Campus in the School of Biomedical Engineering – 2 Positions Available
  • Full-time, 12 Month Fixed Term, Base Salary: $74,898 p.a. - $102,393 p.a., Level 5-7, plus a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

Reporting to, Head of the Bionics Laboratory (Prof Gregg Suaning), the National Health and Medical Research Council funded research positions participate in the research operations aimed at the clinical application of an implantable medical device for the restoration of vision to the blind – a bionic eye.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Engineer with the following qualifications:

  • experience in manufacture of complex systems, application of laser technologies for microfabrication. Flexibility and interest in developing new skills in the domain of medical devices fabrication
  • demonstrated expertise in biomedical engineering or related field, ideally in implantable medical devices
  • familiar with the principles of quality management practices and their application to medical devices (particularly of ISO13485). Experienced in the processes of iterative prototyping and manufacturing devices for field applications
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to engage in independent consultation with a range of staff in a complex organisation and, as appropriate, with external parties
  • excellent interpersonal, relationship building and influencing skills with the ability to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders in a friendly, upbeat fashion
  • analytical skills and the ability to bring multiple perspectives to problem solving
  • capacity to work within a quality management system and convey the importance of compliance to others both verbally and by way of example
  • tertiary qualifications and/or appropriate biomedical or relevant experience in related field
  • experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications

About us

Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, these positions participate in the research operations aimed at the clinical application of an implantable medical device for the restoration of vision to the blind – a bionic eye. The successful candidate will be responsible for the commissioning, testing and operation of a fabrication facility to produce fully functional, clinic-ready implants, within the highly regulated field of medical devices (compliant with ISO13485 and other relevant standards). The successful applicant will be a key member of an established research team comprising students, clinicians and biomedical engineers. The primary objective is to manufacture prototype devices for a small-scale clinical trial that are suitable for long-term human implantation and meet functional, ethical and regulatory requirements.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has a proud history of education and research, with the first classes taught in March 1883. Since then, the University has been committed to producing, supporting and inspiring engineering leaders. Our researchers, students, alumni and staff are leaders in their fields who use their knowledge and skills to change lives in Australia and around the world. The Faculty is currently ranked the 39th engineering and technology universities in the world in the 2018 QS World Rankings. The faculty vision is to shape society by channeling our knowledge through research, education and industry. The faculty's aim is to provide strategic faculty leadership, and provide a network for each School, supporting academics around the core activities of teaching, education and research.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us. 

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 2146/1019F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 31 October 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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