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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Advanced Retinal Imaging

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - 123,239 p.a. (Pro rata) plus 17% super
Closing date
1 Apr 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0060686
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full Time; Fixed term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences 
School: School of Health Sciences; Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Salary: Level A – $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. or Level B  $ 114,645 - $ 123,239 p.a. (Pro rata) plus 17% super

  • Make novel scientific contributions on the basic physiology of cellular processes in the living eye.
  • Take on new opportunities to extend your research to inform future clinical trials.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This postdoctoral role, located within the Adaptive Optics Imaging Unit of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, focuses on optical engineering and modifications to imaging apparatus for studying new tissue types and ultrafast processes in the human eye. Reporting to the Principal Investigator, Dr Phillip Bedggood, the incumbent will contribute to advancements in cellular processes in the living eye, with opportunities to extend research to clinical patient populations suffering from retinal diseases.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with Principal Investigators, Research Fellows, and Data Managers to focus on adaptive optics imaging of the human eye.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of changes in optical imaging hardware, including illumination and imaging channels, system magnification adjustments, and integration of new scientific detectors and light sources.
  • Assist in the development of novel image processing software for precise eye motion tracking, studying phototransduction processes, and analysing pulse pressure wave propagation in the retinal vascular tree.
  • Perform alignment, calibration, and operation of high-resolution cellular imaging hardware, conduct statistical analysis of outcomes, and contribute to scientific publications.

Who We Are Looking For

You possess a high level of organisation and time management, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to adhere to written guidelines and study protocols. Your strong interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, along with your experience in optical design software, adaptive optics imaging, and familiarity with statistical software, position you well to contribute to innovative new research in the field.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in a related field such as ophthalmic optics, high-resolution imaging of the eye, image processing and analysis, or engineering.
  • Experience in the assembly, alignment, or calibration of optical imaging systems.
  • Experience and proficiency in acquiring and processing high-resolution image data.
  • Experience with programming software, especially Matlab and Python.
  • Demonstrated experience publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS) provides qualifying and postgraduate courses in the disciplines of Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Audiology and Speech Pathology, and Optometry and Vision Sciences. As a candidate, joining our team means being part of a dynamic and impactful community dedicated to advancing healthcare, research, science, education and practice. You will have the opportunity to shape the learning experiences of our students and make a positive impact on their future careers.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

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Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Katherine Robertson via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 1 April 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: 0060686 Postdoc Research Fellow, Advanced Retinal Imaging- PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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