CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in PET Neuroimaging for Alzheimer's Disease

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Melbourne, Australia

Job posting number: #7236758 (Ref:cj_95539)

Posted: April 18, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The opportunity


  • Exciting postdoctoral role for an early career researcher with a PhD in medical imaging, neuroscience or related field.
  • Contribute to impactful research to improve the health and well-being of all Australians.
  • Join CSIRO’s Biomedical Informatics Group.


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity team is seeking a CERC Fellow to conduct research on neuroinflammation using positron emission tomography (PET).  The CERC Fellow is expected to take an active role in developing and applying advance imaging method to quantify the amount of neuroinflammation, both globally and locally. They will then combine the data with other biomarkers in order to better understand the role of inflammation in various neurological conditions. The project aims at collecting clinical data, as well as leveraging existing data from large scale studies such as the Australian Imaging Biomarkers and Lifestyle study of ageing (which include more than 2000 individuals followed up for more than 10 years) and as the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT). The goal is to develop quantification pipelines using traditional imaging algorithms and/or deep learning approaches.

The CERC Fellow will be working at both the CSIRO site and at Austin Hospital in Professor Christopher Rowe’s lab.

Your duties will include:

  • Assist in developing and conducting research projects and investigations, including experiment design, experiment execution, data analysis and documentation of experiment results requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Work in close collaboration with clinical partners; attend clinical meetings, help solving clinical and practical problems, present and discuss results with clinicians.
  • Perform complex statistical analysis of collected/processed data and write interpretative reports.
  • Proactively undertake development to grow effective researcher capabilities to support career interest and goals.
  • Assist with grant preparation and reporting.


Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Salary: AU$96,329 - AU$105,517 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 95539

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as medical imaging, neuroscience or related field. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Ability to investigate issues of complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses by adapting/creating and testing alternative solutions.  
  • Demonstrated performance in developing, implementing, and validating new medical image analysis algorithms with experience in one or more of the following: machine learning, deep learning, image segmentation, or image registration. 
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications close

21 May 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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