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Research Fellow - Signal Processing

Bionics Institute
Melbourne, Victoria
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POSITION TITLE:         Research Fellow – Signal Processing


LOCATION:                   Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


TIME SCALE:                 2 year full-time fixed-term contract with potential to extend


SALARY RANGE:            AUD $91,287 - $128,940 p.a. negotiable depending on qualifications 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, 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 develop and optimise signal processing techniques to maximise the reliability, efficiency, and accuracy of EarGenie’s function.

Position summary

The successful applicant will be part of the Translational Hearing Research Group reporting to Professor McKay and will be responsible for design, development, and optimisation of signal processing techniques and software to determine clinically-relevant information from the physiological signals. The successful applicant will work closely with engineers, clinicians, and scientists in the group and across the Bionics Institute.

 Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, development, and optimisation of signal processing techniques and software for EarGenie to determine clinically-relevant information from physiological signals recorded from participants’ brains
  • Contribute to grant proposals for research funding for projects consistent with the strategic goals of the Bionics Institute
  • Make original contributions to the preparation of progress reports, scientific manuscripts for publication, IP disclosures, and scientific seminars
  • Contribute to supervision of post-graduate students
  • Support other members of the group as needed and appropriate

 Qualifications and skills


  • PhD qualifications in a relevant area (e.g. engineering, neuroscience, brain imaging)
  • Demonstrated leading expertise in computational processing of physiological signals derived from neural (brain) activity
  • A minimum 5 years’ post-doctoral experience with a strong track record including peer-reviewed publications of innovative techniques related to processing of physiological signals
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build strong research collaborations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • An understanding of and practical experience with functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Experience working with human participants in a clinical or research setting
  • Experience with supervision of research staff and students



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 Colette McKay cmckay@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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