Postdoctoral Fellow - Computational Neuroscience

University of Melbourne


September 23, 2022


Postdoctoral Fellow - Computational Neuroscience

Job no: 0056919 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 3 years Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences Salary: Classification is either Level A or Level B depending on experience and qualifications. Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands. About the Role This position is for a computational neuroscientist or mathematician, with projects focused on the modelling of information flow through the zebrafish brain during sensory processing and behaviour selection. The successful candidate will help to lead our efforts in such modelling, collaborating with other lab members, using cellular-resolution neural activity datasets from zebrafish larvae. Depending on your wishes, the position can be fully computational, or can involve an element of hands-on neuroscience and data collection. The dual goals will be to enhance the scope and impact of the lab's neuroscience projects while training and preparing you for academic independence or other career paths of your choice. Collaborations and mentorship will also be provided by the lab of Prof. Dani Bassett, at the University of Pennsylvania, with whom we share an NIH R01 grant.

Responsibilities include:

  • Present results of research at meetings at all levels – laboratory, departmental, national, and international as appropriate.
  • Assist with the mentorship of junior researchers and students within the laboratory.
  • Conduct the mathematical modelling of brain-wide networks involved in sensory perception, central processing, and behaviour selection.
  • Acquire and maintain familiarity with relevant scientific literature and share this expertise with other members of the group.
  • About You You will be well organised, a good communicator, and capable of collaborating positively with a diverse array of lab mates. Your projects will be developed to take advantage of your existing experience while allowing growth and development, and your ideas for your own projects (within the lab's current broad interests) are welcome. As a minor service component, you will maintain the lab's data storage and Linux-based high-performance computing interface.

    You will also have:

  • PhD in engineering, physics, neuroscience, mathematics, or relevant related fields
  • Expertise and a strong track record in mathematics, network neuroscience, or the mathematical modelling of other complex systems.
  • Experience with coding in Matlab, Python, or other related languages, and the ability to interface with Linux high-performance computing infrastructure.
  • About the Scott Lab

    The lab (led by Professor Ethan Scott) uses a very broad experimental platform, ranging from optical physics to mathematics, to discover and describe brain function and behaviour. This work hinges on brain-wide cellular-resolution calcium imaging in the zebrafish model system, complemented by anatomical descriptions, targeted optogenetic manipulations, mathematical modelling, and behavioural analysis. Our goals are both basic (the elucidation of sensory pathways) and translational (the circuit-level modelling of autism endophenotypes), and we welcome new members with either focus. This work is challenging and rewarding, and best suited to researchers who value broad, interdisciplinary approaches to big questions in neuroscience. Culturally, our lab values diversity in all forms, and cultivates a mutually supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Details of our lab's personnel and projects can be found at https: // The Scott lab will relocate to The University of Melbourne in late 2022.

    About The School of Biomedical Sciences https: //

    The School of Biomedical Sciences is one of the most prominent and diverse Schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences and is composed of three Departments - Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and Microbiology and Immunology. The School is situated on the University's Parkville Campus and is part of the largest biomedical precinct in the southern hemisphere, providing access to world-class research facilities for staff and students. The School fosters a values-based culture of innovation and creativity to achieve research and teaching excellence.

    About the University The University of Melbourne 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.

    Benefits of Working with Us In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families
  • To find out more, visit https: //

    Be Yourself We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

    Join Us!

    If you feel that this role is for you, please apply at https://, select the option ‘Current Opportunities' then find the position by searching for job number 0056919.

    Your application should include a CV and a Cover Letter outlining your past experience and proposed project in the lab. Selection Criteria (found in the Position Description) must be addressed either in your CV and Cover Letter, or in a separate document addressing these criteria.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

    Advertised: 26 Aug 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 23 Sep 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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