Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Neuroscience of Hearing

Melbourne, Australia
26 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Bionics Institute
Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC

  • Healthcare & Medical Clinical/Medical Research
  • Translate research into clinical outcomes
  • Full time opportunity for four years
  • Excellent salary packaging benefits

Post-doctoral Research Fellow – Neuroscience of Hearing

The translational hearing research group at the Bionics Institute, led by Professor Colette McKay, is seeking a creative and inquisitive neuroscientist who is passionate about improving the quality of life of cochlear implant users. This 4-year post-doctoral position, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, aims to address the large variability in speech understanding experienced by adult cochlear implant users. This variability is not understood well and may have multiple peripheral and central causes. In spite of this variability, cochlear implant sound processors are usually programmed in a default way. The first phase of the project will develop diagnostic tests (using psychophysical and fNIRS brain imaging techniques) in new implant users to assess peripheral and central limitations that affect how they develop speech understanding with device use. The second phase will evaluate techniques to overcome the limitations found in the diagnostic tests. These techniques, chosen individually for each implant user, may include changing the programming or signal processing in the sound processor or carrying out targeted auditory training.

You will be joining a team that includes neuroscientists, clinicians, postgraduate students and engineers. Reporting to Professor McKay, you will:

  • lead the day-to-day operation of the project, including experimental design, data collection, analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • contribute to grant proposals for research funding for projects consistent with the strategic goals of the Bionics Institute
  • contribute to the preparation of progress reports, IP disclosures, patent applications and scientific seminars
  • contribute to supervision or mentoring of post-graduate students when appropriate
  • support other members of the group as needed and appropriate, including attendance at and contribution to group meetings

Key essential selection criteria for this position are:

  • a PhD in an area relevant to hearing research (e.g. neuroscience, audiology, engineering or brain imaging)
  • experience in performing psychophysical or speech understanding experiments with human participants
  • a substantial track record of writing for scientific publications
  • demonstrated ability to build strong research collaborations
  • highly developed interpersonal skills

It is also desirable that one or more of the following criteria be met:

  • An understanding of and/or practical experience with functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Previous experience with supervision or mentoring of research staff and/or students
  • Experience working with cochlear implant recipients
  • Experience using MATLAB software.

If you believe you meet the requirements for this position, apply by addressing the selection criteria and emailing your application, including a detailed CV, to:

Applications close 11 December 2018.

For further information about the research project, please contact Prof Colette McKay by email:

For further information about the application process and/or a copy of the position description, please contact: Heather Dawson-Howard, HR Manager (

The Bionics Institute is an independent medical research institute affiliated with The University of Melbourne, and is dedicated to translating into clinics life-enhancing treatments for neurological and sensory disorders. 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.

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