Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Non-fouling Electrode Surfaces

Location
Boroondara, Australia
Posted
22 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Feb 2018
Ref
0105_01/18_A1
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time
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About the project

Our project will take an innovative, biomimetic approach to engineering implantable electrode materials. Accumulation and formation of unwanted materials (fouling) causes loss of function on active surfaces and has a profound effect on medical implants. Prevention of fouling from biological materials (bio-fouling) within the implant environment is critical to maximise the functional lifetime of the implant.

This would translate to major benefits to the community (cost and health-wise) in enhancing the longer term functionality of electronic (bionic) devices designed to rectify significant human health issues such as deafness, blindness, paralytic spinal injury, epileptic seizures, and even memory function in people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia, all which are compromised by bio-fouling.

Effectively interfacing electronic devices with the body depends upon establishing a ‘clean,’ low noise electrical connection so that electrical information can be transmitted (i.e. stimulation) and/or received (i.e. sensing) with high fidelity, sensitivity and resolution. The biggest obstacle to the efficient transaction of electrical information between the electronic and biological systems remains the bio-fouling of implanted electrodes that form an electrical insulation barrier.

About the job

We require a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop and evaluate innovating non-fouling surfaces that are still capable of sustaining cellular growth. You will examine the effect on electrode properties and performance when varying the composition of the non-fouling surface and will evaluate your research using techniques such as electrochemistry, quartz crystal microbalance and microscopy.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • PhD degree in science majoring in either Engineering/ Chemical Sciences/Biomedical Sciences
  • Electrochemistry experience 
  • Instrumentation (e.g., spectroscopy, microscopy, Quartz Crystal Microbalance)

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

Benefits

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

http://www.swinburne.edu.au/about/jobs/why-work-at-swinburne/

How to apply

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Simon Moulton (Professor of Biomedical Electomaterials Science) on +613 9214 5651. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 16th February 2018