The Clifford Chair in Neural Engineering

Melbourne, Australia
05 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Salary: Will be negotiated including base salary and additional research support plus 17% superannuation

The Clifford Chair

The Clifford Chair in Neural Engineering is an endowed Chair in the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Generous support and funding from the Clifford family, allows the Chair to develop a state of the art research group dedicated to neural engineering research and the support of a program in neural engineering.  The Chair will work within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Graeme Clark Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

At MSE, we are committed to excellence. We are transforming our engineering and IT teaching as well as research at the University of Melbourne, guided by MSE 2025, our ten-year strategic plan. With an expected investment of $1 billion in people and infrastructure, we are creating the entrepreneurial leaders and technology of the future — the people and things that will drive innovation and productivity to make a sustainable impact on the world in which we live. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining MSE.

About the Department of Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is a vibrant and rapidly growing department within MSE. We are working on some of the most challenging problems at the interface of engineering with life and medical sciences. The crux of this work being the application of interdisciplinary expertise and thought in order to make new discoveries and innovative solutions towards improved healthcare and social wellbeing. Our research covers the fields of biomaterials and tissue engineering; biomechanics and mechanobiology; bionics, biomedical imaging and neuroengineering; systems and synthetic biology. Our ultimate goal is to improve quality of life by resolving healthcare challenges.

About the Graeme Clark Institute

The vision of the Graeme Clark Institute is to shape the future of healthcare with biomedical engineering solutions that deliver health, societal and economic benefits to Australia and the world. The Institute is at the centre of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, a major global research and teaching powerhouse involving over 25 collaborators from health services, research and academic partners. It has unparalleled access to the clinical and research opportunities available across the entire network of partners.

The strength of these partners, the relationships and existing collaborations, together with the proximity of the facilities provides unique opportunities to develop transformative health technologies.

The Opportunity

We seek an outstanding research leader as the Clifford Chair in Neural Engineering. Your leadership qualities will be utilised to develop and build our research program in neural engineering within a world-class biomedical precinct. As an established leader, you will have a distinguished scholarly research record and a renowned reputation in the field of neural engineering.

As a leader within our Graeme Clark Institute of Biomedical Engineering, you will demonstrate research excellence, provide leadership in the field amongst national and international peers, and represent the University in public debate as well as government policy development in neural engineering, neuroscience, and medical bionics.

Your Profile

You are an established Professor with demonstrated examples of successfully obtaining competitive research grants and experience in establishing and building high performing research teams whilst delivering excellent research outcomes.

You will bring with you your passion for neural engineering and a solid grounding in this field. You are innovative and have groundbreaking ideas to explore, as well as established contacts within the field. 

With your outstanding communication skills and your commitment and dedication to your work, you will help drive outcomes within your teams. You are collaborative and seek out all opportunities to enhance your work through partnerships with end users, industry partners, clinicians and of course, our donors.

What we offer you

Apart from competitive salaries, our benefits are aimed at recognising and rewarding the contributions you make, including complete flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We also offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, as well as supporting you in doing what you love.

How to Apply

  • Apply online with a cover letter outlining your motivation and reasons for applying with a resume.
  • We ask that you please address the selection criteria for this position in a separate document.

About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, at number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive, and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

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The University of Melbourne and MSE are strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

Close date: 4 Nov 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria


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