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Electronic Engineer - Project Manager

Bionics Institute
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Vacancy Announcement

POSITION TITLE:               Electronic Engineer – Project Manager

LOCATION:                         Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

TIME SCALE:                       Full time (2 year fixed term contract with potential to extend)

SALARY RANGE:                 AUD$100,000 negotiable based on skills and experience, plus access to salary packaging

SUPERANNUATION:            9.5% employer contribution

APPLICATIONS CLOSE:      Open until position is filled


Organisational context

The Bionics Institute (BI) is passionate about multidisciplinary research and product development leading to clinical outcomes that improve lives. Our vision is to lead the world in innovative bionic health solutions through research, development, and translation. We are at an exciting phase, designing, implementing, and evaluating devices that assist in diagnosis and treatment of sensory deficits and neurological disorders.

Based on our original work with the highly successful cochlear implant, we are now developing an advanced bionic eye, deep brain stimulation systems for movement disorders, an epilepsy monitoring implant, unique brain imaging systems, and a range of other medical devices. Our goal is to deliver benefits to people living with challenging health disorders by translating and commercialising our research outputs.


Current objectives of the Translational Hearing Research Group

The Translational Hearing Research Group, led by Professor Colette McKay and including neuroscientists, clinicians, and engineers, has ongoing projects to translate innovative basic science into improved clinical outcomes for patients with cochlear implants and other hearing instruments. Our group applies neuroimaging (fNIRS and EEG), psychophysics, and speech understanding methods with adults and children with hearing loss. We translate the knowledge gained into diagnostic and clinical management innovations, or improved function of hearing instruments, to improve the quality of life of these hearing impaired individuals.

Project summary 

Over 8,000 Australian babies and children under 5 years of age have a permanent hearing loss that could severely impair language development with life-long impacts on their education, employment, and social participation. Unfortunately, there are often significant delays between diagnosis and the selection and accurate adjustment of hearing devices (cochlear implants or hearing aids).

Professor Colette McKay is leading the development of an innovative clinical system, EarGenie ™, for personalised management of hearing impairment that aims to optimise language development. EarGenie ™ uses several physiological measures of brain activity, including EEG and functional near-infrared spectroscopy, to perform a detailed diagnostic evaluation of a child’s hearing. At diagnosis, EarGenie ™ will enable a more accurate and complete hearing assessment so that an appropriate hearing device can be confidently selected, evaluated and fine-tuned to optimise each child’s hearing. It will also enable clinicians to evaluate a child’s language development, guiding device choice and adjustments and allowing individualised language therapies.

The role of the person in this position will be to drive the technical development of EarGenie by developing the system architecture and taking the lead in project management.

Position summary

The successful applicant will be part of the Translational Hearing Research Group reporting to Professor McKay. The successful applicant will work closely with other engineers, clinicians, and scientists in the group, across the Bionics Institute, and with external partners.


Key Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for EarGenie project management, including direct participation in a multidisciplinary team of clinical and commercial partners
  • Take a leading role in the technical development of the EarGenie functional system architecture
  • Contribute to electronic hardware design and software development
  • Provide technical assistance in the laboratory as needed for equipment and software to run experiments
  • Assist in the preparation of progress reports, scientific manuscripts for publication, grant applications, regulatory documents and scientific seminars
  • Support other staff and students as needed or appropriate
  • Other duties as agreed with the Project Leader 


Qualifications and skills


  • A tertiary qualification in Electronic Engineering or a hands on related field with extensive post-graduate experience in a hands-on engineering role
  • Demonstrated experience in Project Management of an engineering product development (for example, medical devices or consumer electronics)
  • Demonstrated expertise in system architecture development
  • Experience supervising engineering, scientific or clinical staff
  • Experience collaborating with external stakeholders in an engineering environment
  • Ability to identify project risks and understand and manage a risk mitigation process
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to commence in the position within 2-3 months



  • Formal qualifications in project management
  • Experience in wireless and / or optoelectronic systems
  • Experience in development of software applications including user interfaces
  • Experience in system development to meet regulatory requirements relevant to commercialisation of medical products


A police check is required.

Applications can be emailed to HR-Applications@bionicsinstitute.org

Applications should include:

  • A resume including official university transcripts
  • Cover letter that address each of the key responsibility criteria
  • Contact details of three referees

Please note that as this role is currently vacant, we will commence the selection process upon receipt of suitable applicants.  Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.

For any enquiries about this position, please contact Professor Hugh McDermott: HMcDermott@bionicsinstitute.org

“The Bionics Institute is an equal opportunity employer and female applicants are encouraged to apply. The Institute maintains a smoke free workplace and a workplace free from sexual harassment. The Bionics Institute’s workplace embraces the Occupational Health and Safety Standards”


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