Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Imaging Processing and Analysis)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jan 5, 2022

Job Description:

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Department of Anatomy and Physiology

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology has only recently come into fruition and is an amalgamation between the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology. Both Departments have long and illustrious history and have come together to produce a Department with a remarkable breadth and depth in research expertise that underpin our key research themes of neuroscience, metabolism and diabetes, stem cell and developmental biology and muscle biology. The goal of the combined department is to remain at the forefront of scientific research aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human body in health and disease, employing novel and imaginative research methods.

About the Role

This is a unique opportunity to apply your expertise in digital image processing and analysis to a highly collaborative project funded by the US National Institutes of Health, building multi-scale maps of peripheral nerves that regulate organs and the vasculature of those organs.

The role involves working with 2D and 3D imaging datasets obtained from several types of optical microscopy (confocal, super resolution, light sheet) to process, segment and analyse the properties of neural and surrounding tissue structures. This will include development of new workflows for image analysis and validation of analysis protocols.

The Research Fellow will integrate into the research and scholarship activities of the laboratory and the larger collaborative team, contributing to the preparation of successful funding applications and research publications and assisting with the supervision and training of research higher degree and undergraduate research students. Attention to detail and accurate record keeping will be essential for this position.

About You

You will have a PhD level qualification in a basic research discipline with an emphasis on advanced microscopy or image analysis. Your strong understanding of optical microscopy approaches to assess cell and tissue structure will be complemented by computational expertise specifically directed to image processing (development of new protocols, segmentation, quantitation of structural parameters, 3D reconstruction). Experience with machine learning approaches would also be welcome. Your developing research profile will be underpinned by a proven ability to plan, develop, prioritise and coordinate laboratory activities, with a capacity to work effectively within a team.

Benefits of Working with Us

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If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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