Research Fellow in Neural Engineering – Electronics & Microelectronics
University of Auckland
Auckland City, AUK
4d ago
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Auckland, New ZealandFull-timeUoA Department Name : Engineering ScienceCampus : Auckland City CampusContract Type : Fixed-TermPosition Number : 55567476Company DescriptionTe Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau The University of AucklandThe University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.

1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our mission and values place strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Te Whiwhinga mahi The opportunityPaediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) accounts for over 80% of childhood brainstem cancers.

Standard treatments have yielded little improvement for over 40 years. We are seeking to change this.We are looking for a highly motivated PhD graduate or early postdoctoral researcher in Engineering or Science who is keen to contribute to the rapidly expanding field of Neural Engineering by developing new neural chip platforms, in the form of Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEAs), to help us make a significant contribution in better understanding the communication that occurs in the brain by making electrical recordings from brain cancer cells.

The successful candidate will be responsible for extending the electronics of our current MEA neural platform to accommodate large networks of brain cancer cells on chip such they can be stimulated and recorded before, during and after drug therapeutics.

Such a platform will lead to the gain of new knowledge that will feed rapidly to translating drug therapeutics into the clinic.

This is a fixed term role that is grant funded for 2 years by New Zealand’s Health Research Council and will run from 1 / Feb / 2022 to 1 / Feb / 2024.

Due to our funding agreements, this role is based on a 0.95 FTE which equates to 38 hours per week. There may also be an additional opportunity to lecture at 0.

05FTE which is separately funded by the Department of Engineering Science. This would bring your time up to a full 40 hours.

Your day to day duties will include : You will perform independent research as directed by the Principal investigator, provide guidance to a PhD student and write high-impact articles and conference papers.

To operate the existing electronics / software of our current MEA neural platform and perform recordings from small grid networks of brain cells.

You will extend the neural platform (namely, the chip design / electronics / data analysis software) to accommodate large organised grid networks of brain cancer cells on chip such they can be stimulated and recorded before, during and after drug therapeutics.

  • Take a leading role in the regular preparation and publication of results in high impact journals; in giving presentations at national and / or international conferences;
  • and in other outputs as required and / or appropriate.Lead and contribute to the preparation and submission of competitive funding applications relating to the appointee’s research program as required.

    For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.Mō tō mātou rōpū About the teamThis is an exciting opportunity to work with the Neural Engineering Group in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland and is a collaboration with the Centre for Brain Research there and the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

    Our group’s research is focussed on understanding the basic science of communication in the brain by combining both the fields of Cell Patterning and Multi-Electrode-Arrays’(MEAs) which are concerned with arrangement, control and stimulation / recording of cells on silicon chip.

    The novel thing about our group is that we apply novel cell patterning and laser ablative microsurgery to highly organise and prune cell networks to a high fidelity.

    This has enabled our group to create a transformative chip technology allowing for the construction of precise large-scale regular grid networks of human neurons or astrocytes on chip, which are individually addressable, electrically and photonically, at the cellular level, such that communication can be mapped accurately from the single-cell level to large network scales.

    This platform technology allows for the mapping of signal propagation in real networks from the single cell level through to large network scales so that communication can be more effectively and repeatably studied.

    We are seeking to make a breakthrough in this challenging field and consider this as a rewarding role that may lead to significant advancement in our understanding of how such childhood cancers communicate and how to halt their rapid growth and invasion with novel targeted therapies.

    He kōrero mōu About youAs our ideal candidate, you will be a highly motivated PhD graduate or early postdoctoral researcher with a strong electronics background in Engineering or Science.

    You will have experience that is ranked but not limited to : Electronics, microelectronics, multi-electrode arrays, cell patterning, nanotechnology, signal processing and computer programming.

    We are seeking people who have a PhD in either Neural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Bioengineering, Electronics & Physics or similar and we are open to a broad spectrum of specialist multi-disciplinary PhD studies.

    Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou What we offerThe University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities.

    Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through : Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)Up to 6.

    75% company superannuation schemeA competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leaveIn addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

    For more information please visit Staff Benefits.Me pēhea te tuku tono How to applyPlease reach out to Neil Constable via neil.

    constable for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

    Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 20 September 2021 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

    Additional InformationIn accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

    In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

  • It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process;
  • or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

    The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.

    For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to

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