Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Neuroengineering

Brisbane, Australia
23 Jul 2021
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

It is an exciting time to get involved with the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE), located on The University of Queensland (UQ) St Lucia campus.The School is ramping up its investment in teaching, research and engagement to create an inspiring, diverse and flexible workplace. The direction is backed by a bold, new strategic vision to ensure the School is at the forefront of meaningful research outcomes and pedagogy across its core impact areas of health, data, automation and energy. Boasting strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, the School is focused on strengthening its position in the global computer science and engineering communities.By attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment, the School will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow.

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) was established in 2003 on the St Lucia campus of UQ, and is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 38 Group Leaders. The researchers work to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. This is done by exploring the neural circuits in the brain, how information is processed in these circuits, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, stroke, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression, and schizophrenia. Ultimately, researchers aim to develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function, and to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.

Over the past decade QBI has become known as a world-leading neuroscience research institute. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in all four of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews (in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018), one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

Details of the Institute may be accessed from the website: 

About This Opportunity

The primary purpose of this position it to develop an impactful joint research program between the School of ITEE and the Queensland Brain Institute, bridging the domains of neuroscience and electrical engineering and driving interaction between the two organisational units; develop research activities in neuroengineering; play a pivotal role in developing a high-quality programme in neuroengineering and contribute to teaching in the broader area of Electrical Engineering and Neuroengineering, including course coordination and student supervision.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer position is equivalent to that of a non-tenured Assistant Professor position in the US.

All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Our Ideal Candidate

We seek to appoint an enthusiastic team player who can operate at the leading edge of research, with an interest in developing a strong research program in neuroengineering, and facilitating joint projects between the School of ITEE and the QBI.

As the successful candidate for a level C position, you will have:

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering or a related field
  • Experience which includes some of, but is not limited to the following areas:
  • developing in vivo bionics systems
  • design and development of sensors for neuroscience (either contact or optical) for in vivo neural stimulation and signal measurement
  • systems neuroscience using electrophysiological recording and manipulation
  • development of systems that augment or mimic nervous system functionality
  • brain-machine or brain-computer interfaces
  • International recognition in the area of expertise and a strong record of publications in reputed refereed journals and conferences
  • Ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote the research area at the university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies

As the successful candidate for a level D, you will have all of the above as well as:

  • Demonstrated evidence of course-coordination and effective undergraduate and postgraduate teaching an effective record of principal supervision of research higher degree students to completion
  • National and international recognition in the area of expertise and a strong record of publications in reputed refereed journals and conferences
  • Strong national and international industry liaisons and professional contacts
  • Evidence of outstanding contribution to research and high-level success in gaining significant external grant funds
  • Ability to successfully lead a research team, deliver tangible outputs to industry, and mentor less experienced staff

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

To diversify the workforce and to ensure representation across all gender identities, we highly encourage female and gender diverse applicants to apply.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

A full-time, continuing position at Academic Level C or Level D (depending on experience and qualifications).

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of AUD$121,939 – $140,603 for a Level C and AUD$146,824 – 161,756 for a Level D, plus super of up to 17%.

In addition, a competitive support package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Aleksandar Rakic on

For application questions, please email stating the job number in the subject

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to use the Apply button.

All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy prerequisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


Applications close: 3 September 2021

Job No: 509518