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Post-doctoral Research Fellow â€“ Neuroscience of Hearing
The translational hearing research group at the Bionics Institute, led by Professor Colette McKay, is seeking a creative and inquisitive neuroscientist who is passionate about improving the quality of life of cochlear implant users. This 18-month post-doctoral position, funded by the NHMRC, aims to address the large variability in speech understanding experienced by adult cochlear implant users. This variability is not understood well and may have multiple peripheral and central causes.
In spite of this variability, cochlear implant sound processors are usually programmed in a default way. In this project, we will develop diagnostic tests (using psychophysical and fNIRS brain imaging techniques) in new implant users to assess peripheral and central limitations that affect how they develop speech understanding over the first year of their implant use. These diagnostic tests will be used in follow-up studies (contingent on funding) that will evaluate techniques to overcome the limitations found in the diagnostic tests.
These techniques, chosen individually for each implant user, may include changing the programming or signal processing in the sound processor or carrying out targeted auditory training. You will be joining a team that includes neuroscientists, clinicians, postgraduate students and engineers. Reporting to Professor McKay, you will: lead the day-to-day operation of the project, including experimental design, data collection, analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication • contribute to grant proposals for research funding for projects consistent with the strategic goals of the Bionics Institute contribute to the preparation of progress reports, IP disclosures, patent applications and scientific seminars contribute to supervision or mentoring of post-graduate students when appropriate support other members of the group as needed and appropriate, including attendance at and contribution to group meetings Key essential selection criteria for this position are: a PhD in an area relevant to hearing research or equivalent research experience (e.
g. neuroscience, audiology, engineering or brain imaging) experience in performing psychophysical and speech understanding experiments with human participants a track record of writing for scientific publications highly developed interpersonal skills It is also desirable that one or more of the following criteria be met: An understanding of and/or practical experience with functional near-infrared spectroscopy, Previous experience with supervision or mentoring of research staff and/or students, Experience working with cochlear implant recipients, Experience using MATLAB software. If you believe you meet the requirements for this position, please submit your application by clicking 'Apply for Job' via the SEEK website.
Please include a detailed CV, university transcripts, and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria. For a full position description please refer to our website: http....