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Senior Software Development Engineer - Deep Brain Stimulation

Advertiser: The Bionics InstituteMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
12 Nov 2019
Location
Melbourne, CBD & Inner Suburbs
Work Type
Full Time
Classification
Healthcare & Medical, Clinical/Medical Research

Senior Software Development Engineer - Deep Brain Stimulation

The Bionics Institute (BI) is passionate about multidisciplinary research and product development leading to clinical outcomes that improve lives. Our vision is to lead the world in innovative bionic health solutions through research, development, and translation. We are at an exciting phase, designing, implementing, and evaluating devices that assist in diagnosis and treatment of sensory deficits and neurological disorders. Our goal is to deliver benefits to people living with challenging health disorders by translating and commercialising our research outputs.

The BI’s Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) research group has ongoing projects to translate clinical research findings into innovative devices to benefit patients living with Parkinson’s disease and related conditions. DBS is an established treatment for neurological movement disorders. It alleviates symptoms by delivering electric pulses via an implant to precise targets in the brain. We are developing techniques to assist surgeons in placing DBS electrodes precisely and to control chronic stimulation to optimise patient outcomes. We work closely with clinicians and have several commercial partners. The group is led by Professor Hugh McDermott and is based at the Bionics Institute in East Melbourne.

Position summary

We are seeking a Senior Software Development Engineer with a passion for advanced software development, mainly in the Windows environment. As the successful applicant, you will work within a team of scientists, clinicians, engineers, and product developers to drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of signal processing and stimulation control techniques that will be used in commercial products. You will develop methods for processing bioelectric signals and displaying relevant information derived from them to clinicians. You will apply this information in the development of automatic stimulation control systems, particularly for implantable DBS devices. In this role you will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with the world’s leading companies in this field and to see your work translated directly into clinical practice.

Key responsibilities

  • You will lead and contribute to the design, development, and optimisation of algorithms to process bioelectric signals recorded from the brain
  • You will develop software to analyse these signals to determine clinically relevant information
  • You will develop software to display this information in a form that is readily usable by clinicians, including during surgical operations to implant DBS devices
  • You will develop software that utilises this information to control DBS devices, in particular by automatically adjusting stimulation settings to optimise therapy for patients
  • You will collaborate with our product development and commercialisation partners to transfer and deploy your work into product prototypes
  • You will make contributions to the preparation of progress reports, scientific manuscripts for publication, IP disclosures, and scientific seminars
  • You will be required to provide technical support to other members of the group and external partners as needed and appropriate
  • You may be required to contribute to grant proposals for research funding consistent with the strategic goals of the Bionics Institute

You may have opportunities to supervise students and/or less-senior employees in relevant research areas

The essential selection criteria for this position are;

  • Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant area (e.g. engineering, computer science, neuroscience)
  • Advanced software development skills using high-level languages relevant to signal processing, particularly C#
  • Demonstrated experience in developing GUI software in a highly regulated environment
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in engineering/product development involving software design for signal processing, analysis, and display
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build software and develop algorithms in a collaborative setting
  • Demonstrated ability to manage software development and documentation in accordance with relevant international standards while meeting time-constrained milestones
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ideally you will also have;

  • An understanding of, and practical experience with, bioelectric signals (e.g. neuronal evoked potentials or EEG signals)
  • Experience in developing and using software such as MATLAB or Python for signal processing, data analysis, and user interfaces
  • Experience in developing software meeting international regulatory standards for medical devices including Class III implantable devices within a quality management framework
  • Experience in developing software using structured collaborative systems and processes (e.g. Git version-control management)
  • Familiarity with systems used for real-time data acquisition from participants in a clinical setting
  • Experience working with human participants in a clinical or research setting

    A police check is required.

    Applications can be submitted via SEEK.

    Applications must include:

  • A resume including official university transcripts
  • A cover letter that addresses each of the key responsibilities and essential criteria shown above
  • Contact details of three referees

    Please note that as this role is currently vacant, we will commence the selection process upon receipt of suitable applications. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.

    The Bionics Institute is an equal opportunity employer and female applicants are encouraged to apply. The Institute maintains a smoke free workplace and a workplace free from sexual harassment. The Bionics Institute’s workplace embraces the Occupational Health and Safety Standards.

    For further information please contact:

    Robert Klupacs, CEO on (03) 9667 7559 or rklupacs@bionicsinstitute.org

The Bionics Institute (BI) is passionate about multidisciplinary research and product development leading to clinical outcomes that improve lives. Our vision is to lead the world in innovative bionic health solutions through research, development, and translation. We are at an exciting phase, designing, implementing, and evaluating devices that assist in diagnosis and treatment of sensory deficits and neurological disorders. Our goal is to deliver benefits to people living with challenging health disorders by translating and commercialising our research outputs.

The BI’s Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) research group has ongoing projects to translate clinical research findings into innovative devices to benefit patients living with Parkinson’s disease and related conditions. DBS is an established treatment for neurological movement disorders. It alleviates symptoms by delivering electric pulses via an implant to precise targets in the brain. We are developing techniques to assist surgeons in placing DBS electrodes precisely and to control chronic stimulation to optimise patient outcomes. We work closely with clinicians and have several commercial partners. The group is led by Professor Hugh McDermott and is based at the Bionics Institute in East Melbourne.

Position summary

We are seeking a Senior Software Development Engineer with a passion for advanced software development, mainly in the Windows environment. As the successful applicant, you will work within a team of scientists, clinicians, engineers, and product developers to drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of signal processing and stimulation control techniques that will be used in commercial products. You will develop methods for processing bioelectric signals and displaying relevant information derived from them to clinicians. You will apply this information in the development of automatic stimulation control systems, particularly for implantable DBS devices. In this role you will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with the world’s leading companies in this field and to see your work translated directly into clinical practice.

Key responsibilities

  • You will lead and contribute to the design, development, and optimisation of algorithms to process bioelectric signals recorded from the brain
  • You will develop software to analyse these signals to determine clinically relevant information
  • You will develop software to display this information in a form that is readily usable by clinicians, including during surgical operations to implant DBS devices
  • You will develop software that utilises this information to control DBS devices, in particular by automatically adjusting stimulation settings to optimise therapy for patients
  • You will collaborate with our product development and commercialisation partners to transfer and deploy your work into product prototypes
  • You will make contributions to the preparation of progress reports, scientific manuscripts for publication, IP disclosures, and scientific seminars
  • You will be required to provide technical support to other members of the group and external partners as needed and appropriate
  • You may be required to contribute to grant proposals for research funding consistent with the strategic goals of the Bionics Institute

You may have opportunities to supervise students and/or less-senior employees in relevant research areas

The essential selection criteria for this position are;

  • Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant area (e.g. engineering, computer science, neuroscience)
  • Advanced software development skills using high-level languages relevant to signal processing, particularly C#
  • Demonstrated experience in developing GUI software in a highly regulated environment
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in engineering/product development involving software design for signal processing, analysis, and display
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build software and develop algorithms in a collaborative setting
  • Demonstrated ability to manage software development and documentation in accordance with relevant international standards while meeting time-constrained milestones
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ideally you will also have;

  • An understanding of, and practical experience with, bioelectric signals (e.g. neuronal evoked potentials or EEG signals)
  • Experience in developing and using software such as MATLAB or Python for signal processing, data analysis, and user interfaces
  • Experience in developing software meeting international regulatory standards for medical devices including Class III implantable devices within a quality management framework
  • Experience in developing software using structured collaborative systems and processes (e.g. Git version-control management)
  • Familiarity with systems used for real-time data acquisition from participants in a clinical setting
  • Experience working with human participants in a clinical or research setting

    A police check is required.

    Applications can be submitted via SEEK.

    Applications must include:

  • A resume including official university transcripts
  • A cover letter that addresses each of the key responsibilities and essential criteria shown above
  • Contact details of three referees

    Please note that as this role is currently vacant, we will commence the selection process upon receipt of suitable applications. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.

    The Bionics Institute is an equal opportunity employer and female applicants are encouraged to apply. The Institute maintains a smoke free workplace and a workplace free from sexual harassment. The Bionics Institute’s workplace embraces the Occupational Health and Safety Standards.

    For further information please contact:

    Robert Klupacs, CEO on (03) 9667 7559 or rklupacs@bionicsinstitute.org

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