Bionic Vision Psychophysics Research Fellow

The Bionics Institute
Melbourne, Australia
23 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC

Healthcare & Medical Clinical/Medical Research

Translate Research into Clinical outcomes. Full time opportunity. Excellent Salary Packaging benefits.

At the Bionics Institute we improve lives by translating our research into clinical outcomes. Our goal is to deliver benefits to people living with challenging health disorders by translating and commercialising our research outputs.

We are seeking a Research Fellow who is passionate about translating medical device research into clinical trial success. The Bionics Institute (with partners) is developing and evaluating an electronic implant capable of restoring basic vision to people suffering from degenerative retinal conditions. This visual prosthesis includes an array of electrodes implanted behind the retina to stimulate the optic nerve cells in the eye acting as a substitute for the photoreceptors that have degenerated or been badly damaged and no longer function effectively. Recent media coverage has publicised the initial clinical trial success - four participants in Melbourne have received this implant and are using the system in a research setting.

The successful applicant will work within a team of scientists, clinicians and engineers to conduct a clinical trial of a bionic eye, providing technical and administrative support to the patients and clinical team. You will be expected to facilitate data collection and ongoing training of patients using the bionic eye device. Experience with Psychophysical evaluation, as in visual responses to pre-defined stimulations, is an important part of the work.

The clinical trial environment is fast paced but rewarding. You will need to be a team player, willing to go "above and beyond" to support the continued success of the trial. You will demonstrate diligence and enthusiasm and evidence of strong time management and planning skills will be required to be successful in this role.

The incumbent of this position will be expected to:

  • Collect, store, process, and analyse technical and perceptual data from experiments with patients who receive the devices being developed;
  • Collaborate with our clinical and research partners to train and support the patients in using the device in their home environment;
  • Make original contributions to the preparation of development and progress reports, scientific manuscripts for publication, IP disclosures, and scientific seminars
  • Responsible for analysing data produced by our clinical software, advising on modifications to clinical parameters and future device development.

Additional responsibilities may include modification and maintenance of clinical software and custom research hardware.

To be successful in this position you will need post graduate or equivalent qualifications and experience in a relevant area such as biomedical engineering, computer science, or clinical neuroscience, combined with excellent interpersonal skills to interact directly with clinicians and patients as well as other members of the research team. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as documentation for risk management procedures and following good clinical practices (GCP) is an important aspect of the work. The project will require a technical understanding of electrical stimulation of neural tissue, such as in evoked potentials or implantable medical devices.

It is also preferable that you will meet one or more of the following criteria;

  • An understanding of, and practical experience with, vision, vision impairment or electronic visual aids
  • Experience working with human participants and real-time data acquisition in a clinical or research setting.
  • Experience with Matlab for analysis and processing of bioelectric signals
  • Familiarity with software development, unit testing, documentation

If you believe you meet the requirements for this position, and you have a keen interest in the analysis and processing of bioelectric signals, objective measures of human performance and / or perception, then please apply by addressing the selection criteria and emailing your application to

Applications close 11th December 2018.

For further information and / or a copy of the position description please contact: Heather Dawson-Howard, HR Manager on (03) 9667 7574.

“The Bionics Institute is an equal opportunity employer and female applicants are encouraged to apply. The Institute maintains a smoke free workplace and a workplace free from sexual harassment. The Bionics Institute’s workplace embraces the Occupational Health and Safety Standards”

Heather Dawson-Howard, HR Manager
(03) 9667 7574