Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neurophysics and Brain Dynamics
The University of Sydney

School of Physics
ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function

Closing date: 15th August 2016

  • Up to 3 positions studying multiscale, emergent, nonlinear, and critical phenomena in the brain
  • Full-time, fixed term for three years, with further offers available subject to performance, funding and need remuneration package: up to $112K pro rata p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super)
  • The opportunity to work in the Brain Dynamics Group

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students. Applications are sought for up to three Postdoctoral Research Associates (Level A) in the School of Physics and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF). This is an opportunity to work in the Brain Dynamics Group of Professor Peter Robinson on projects in the area of his Laureate Fellowship on the Physical Brain and/or research in the area of the CIBF. His group also participates in the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety, and Productivity, and the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence, Neurosleep, and has wide collaborations across the University, Australia, and internationally.

The successful applicants will form a team to work on a wide variety of theoretical and computational topics in multiscale, emergent, nonlinear, and critical phenomena in the brain, starting from a physical perspective, with particular focus on nonlinear and stochastic dynamics of brain activity waves, modes, and networks. Key applications will be pursued under the laureate program that involve vision, seizures, imaging, and network evolution; others will be in the CIBF’s focal areas of attention, prediction, and decision. Successful applicants will also be expected to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of theoreticians and experimentalists to advance these projects. Since a team is being built, the initial appointment process will begin by appointing the most suitable\person; the remaining people will then be assessed with regard to the areas that remain to be covered by the team as a whole, particularly as no one person is expected to possess the full range of skills described above.

The position is full-time fixed term for three years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees and satisfactory performance as assessed at the end of the second year. Further offers may be available subject to performance, funding and need. Applications that make a case for a part-time position will also be considered, especially where this advances the Equal Opportunity goals of the University or if the applicant is of unusual merit.

This appointment will be for three years with potential for extension subject to ongoing funding. The School of Physics supports a flexible working environment. Subject to visa restrictions, applications will be considered for either a full- time or part-time appointment to this position.

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