Research Associate in Insect Motion Vision

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Adelaide, Australia
Apr 19, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 17, 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary
Fixed-term, full-time available for 2 years

Compensation Grade:
Research Academic Level A

Salary Range:
$76,955 - $93,259 pa

Reporting to:
Professor and ARC Future Fellow

The Research Associate will perform independent research on an externally funded project within the Insect Vision laboratory. Responsibilities include design of visual experiments on hoverflies that aim at investigating how insect movement help hoverflies make rapid decisions, in the natural world.

The Research Associate will design visual stimuli, perform experiments using quantitative behaviour and/or electrophysiological techniques, analyse and interpret his/her own data using Matlab scripts, with the ultimate aim of generating publishable outcomes, as well as pilot data for own external funding.

The Research Associate will work independently, while contributing to the common goals and activities of the members of the Insect Vision laboratory. The Research Associate will report directly to the head of the laboratory.

Key Position Responsibilities

  • Assisting in leading the Project by collaborating with the Project Research Team to successfully deliver project milestones and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Contributing to ethical, high quality and innovative research through activities such as
    • Developing visual stimuli that investigate visual salience in hoverflies.
    • Performing quantitative behaviour and/or electrophysiology in the hoverfly visual system.
    • Developing Matlab scripts that allow quantitative analysis and interpretation of data, and potentially for modelling of results.
    • Discussing the project on a regular basis with lab head.
    • Summarizing experimental findings in publishable format, using appropriate scientific language
  • Contributing to the planning and execution of research by offering new ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the production of data and weekly lab meetings.
  • Assisting principal supervisors with supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborations within the University, and at State, national and international levels in order to improve research outputs, patents and publications.

Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Completion of PhD addressing insect motion vision, or other relevant field, or significant progress towards completion of PhD in insect motion vision.
  • Demonstrated emerging research experience in terms of publications and presentations at a national and/or international level in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, prioritise and meet project targets and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to design experiments, analyse data and interpret the results
  • Demonstrated experience developing experiments using electrophysiology and/or quantitative behaviour and/or biomimetic modelling, with publishable outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake collaborative research and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to critically review the literature in relevant fields.

For application enquiries please contact: Professor Karin Nordstrom

Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59 pm:

17 May 2021

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