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Postdoctoral Research Associate Modeling and Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

School of Physics
Reference no. 722/0417

  • One position to work on physically based modeling and analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Full-time, fixed term for 2 years, subject to performance and funding
  • Remuneration package: $104k-112k p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity
Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) in the School of Physics for an opportunity to work in the Complex Systems Group of Professor Peter Robinson on a collaborative project with Dr Mark Schira of the University of Wollongong on an ARC-funded project. Professor Robinson also holds a Laureate Fellowship and his group participates in the ARC Center of Excellence for Integrative Brain function, the Cooperative Research Center for Alertness, Safety, and Productivity, the NHMRC-funded Center of Research Excellence in Translational Neurobiology, Neurosleep, and the Center for Complex Systems, and has wide collaborations across the University, Australia, and internationally.

About you
The successful applicant will join a team that works on a wide variety of theoretical and computational topics in brain dynamics, starting from a physical perspective. The focus of the position will be on quantitatively modeling the processes that lead from neural activity to the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal that is detected in functional MRI experiments, and on applying these results in collaboration with experimentalists. Key applications will be to improve the interpretation and usefulness of high resolution fMRI through modeling fine-scale tissue structure and stimulus characteristics, particularly in visual cortex. Active collaborations will be pursued with experimentalists at the University of Wollongong, which the appointee will visit approximately weekly.

Essential criteria include:

  • undergraduate major in physics, applied mathematics, or similar field
  • theoretical/computational PhD in physics, computational neuroscience, biological modelling, applied mathematics, engineering, or allied field; thesis must have at least been submitted for examination by the time of interview for this position (approximately 3 weeks after closing date)
  • demonstrated ability to program in Matlab or C/C++
  • proved research ability and evidence of self-motivation and research potential, including the ability to conduct research activities under limited supervision
  • publications in refereed journals

Other desirable criteria also apply

About us
The University is 160 years old and employs over 7,600 academic staff and non-academic staff for support over 47,000 students. 

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us. 

The position is full-time fixed term for two years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees, subject to performance and funding.


The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role. Subject to visa restrictions, applications will be considered for either a full-time or part-time appointment to this position.

For more information about the position, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Dan Kuhner, Recruitment Consultant, on +61 2 8627 0934 or dan.kuhner@sydney.edu.au.

If you would like to learn more, please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for the position description and further details. 

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Closing date: 11:30pm 09 June 2017 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. 

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities. 

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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