Animal Neuroimaging Research Fellow

Melbourne, Australia
$97,558 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
20 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term until 31st December 2023
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Psychiatry
Salary: Level A – $97,558 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

This position is a professional development opportunity for University of Melbourne staff. Only current Continuing, Fixed-Term, and Casual staff are eligible to apply. Eligible staff wishing to apply must update their profile on the application page to indicate they are ‘currently employed by the University of Melbourne’. This will confirm eligibility for positions which are open to internal staff applicants only.

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - The Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC)

The MNC is part of the Department of Psychiatry and provides research and clinical leadership in neuropsychiatry. It facilitates collaborative research activity with the neuroscientific community and supports teaching in the biological aspects of psychiatry, involving supervision of doctoral, postdoctoral, honours and master students both local and international.

The MNC works in collaboration with the North Western Mental Health Program, the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit, Sunshine Hospital, the Neuropsychiatry Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital and the National Neuroscience Facility, researching into serious mental illness, in particular the areas of cognition and neuroimaging, and the management of treatment resistant schizophrenia patients.

About the Role

The Animal Neuroimaging Research Fellow will work closely with the MNC scientific director, other Program Grant investigators and key collaborators to collect and analyse animal (mouse) neuroimaging data obtained as part of the Program Grant initiative. The incumbent will be expected to contribute scientific knowledge and expertise, establish PhD scholarships in this area, and to actively engage in the wider scientific community through conference presentations and peer reviewed publications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in research independently and as a member of a research team.
  • Designing and analysing Program Grant animal imaging MRI data with a mixture of hypothesis-driven and exploratory statistical approaches as determined by the scientific director and the Program Grant investigators.
  • Contributing to publications arising from scholarship and research, such as publication in peer reviewed journals and preparation of seminar papers.
  • Sourcing, coordinating and managing multi-disciplinary collaborations to ensure the successful completion of the research objectives.
  • Maintaining research data to a high standard, particularly data analysis files and related programs/scripts, and research databases.

About You

You will bring your experience in using initiative and working with minimal supervision to achieve project objectives with the ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. Your excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective research collaboration and engagement will be a valuable asset to this role. 

You will also have:

  • A PhD in neuroimaging or related fields, with a focus on animal neuroimaging.  
  • Demonstrated statistical and computer programming experience especially related to animal neuroimaging methods and procedures.
  • Clear demonstration of a commitment to research demonstrated by prior publications, conference presentations, and involvement in clubs and societies.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Applications close:  31 December 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0057508_Animal Neuroimaging Research Fellow_PD.pdf

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