Postdoctoral Research Associate in Medical Imaging

Sydney, Australia
06 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity in the Discipline of Medical Imaging Science to work on funded NHMRC Project on clinical application of a new X-ray imaging technology: Phase-contrast computed tomography (PCT)
  • Located in the Faculty of Health Sciences at our Cumberland Campus
  • Full-time, fixed term until December 2020, base salary $91K plus annual leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of a collaborative research team including the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Australian Synchrotron (ANSTO), Monash Health and BreastScreen Victoria. The successful applicant will be primarily based in the Discipline of Medical Imaging Science at the University of Sydney working with Professor Patrick Brennan, Associate Professor Sarah Lewis and Dr Amir Tavakoli Taba.

The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate strong leadership, commitment and initiative as well as excellent writing, computing and analytical skills. You must have a strong knowledge of medical imaging acquisition and instrumentation and the ability to explore the radiologists’ visual with the PCT images, establishing performance levels and other implications of this novel technology. Other essential criteria include the capacity to successfully meet deadlines and work effectively as part of a collaborative team.

In this role you will:

  • design and facilitate research studies focusing on image optimisation, image quality assessment and clinical evaluation of phase-contrast computed tomography (PCT) images
  • coordinate research activities with researchers at the University of Melbourne and Australian Synchrotron (ANSTO) in constructing image testing sets and conducting parallel data analysis
  • provide operational support in conducting the world first clinical trial of breast PCT in 2020, including solving biomedical engineering problems
  • participate in fortnightly chief investigator meetings (Sydney) and quarterly all-day meetings of the whole team (Melbourne)
  • assist with the submission of new research funding grants
  • present the outcomes of this work at national and international conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication in relevant quality journals

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 a Postdoctoral Research Associates who possesses:

  • relevant tertiary qualifications, including a PhD in a relevant area such as diagnostic radiography, physics, engineering or computer science (PhD students who have submitted their thesis are welcome to apply)
  • experience in quantitative data analysis methods, especially related to medical imaging
  • an understanding of radiological assessment techniques
  • experience in digital image processing
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective collaborative working relationships
  • excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships

Take this opportunity to further develop your research career in the field of medical imaging and under the leadership of world experts. You will contribute to important research that provides a path to clinical implementation of PCT as a novel low-dose high-quality three-dimensional (3D) breast imaging technique.

About us

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.

The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack 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 1574/0819F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 24 November 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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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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