First listed on: 02 December 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Alfred Health

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Fixed Term
  • Full Time [76 hours per fortnight]
  • Alfred Hospital

The Department

The Monash Department of Neuroscience, in strong partnership with the Alfred Health Department of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology and Psychiatry, has 22 different research groups and over 200 staff and students. We do basic/fundamental and clinical neuroscience research and research training relevant to a broad range of neurological and related disciplines, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory conditions, neuroophthalmology, headache and pain, neuroimaging, neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, dementing disorders, neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders, brain tumours, stroke and traumatic brain injury/spinal cord injury.

The Role

The postdoctoral Research Fellow is expected to contribute towards the research effort of the university and to develop her/his research expertise through the pursuit of defined projects relevant to the particular field of research.

The postdoctoral Research Fellow will be a member of Prof Terence O’Brien and Dr Pablo Casillas-Espinosa’s research groups at the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School, Monash University at the Alfred Centre, Melbourne and Prof Wei Ni, Cybernetics Group, Data61, CSIRO. The Level A academic will work in a collaborative project between Monash University and CSIRO to develop a Data Management System framework to support Machine Learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to perform pattern recognition, identification and prediction of seizures and other interictal activity in rodent models with acute and chronic brain injuries.

The project consists of developing a quality-assurance and quality-control framework to support machine learning algorithms to perform identification and prediction of seizures in rodent models of brain injury and epilepsy. Sampling high-quality data from a cohort of rodents in the laboratory is essential to ensure data is reliable to support the development of the software tools.

The Early Career Research position, will record high-quality annotated EEGs rom those rodents with brain injury and epilepsy, and will support Data 61CSIRO staff in interpreting EEG patterns associated to seizures and validate results of those algorithms. The Early Career Researcher will also collect and develop new learning and signal processing techniques to extract correlation of EEG signals and increase confidence in EEG analysis or prediction. The newly developed techniques will also contain state-of-the-art practices in data visualization with strong focus on visual analytics, functionally and performance to address real needs of users.


  • A doctoral qualification in the relevant discipline or a closely related field
  • Knowledge on graph signal processing and learning, and their applications to seizure detection and prediction.
  • A strong track record of research publications
  • Experience in analysing biological data is desirable
  • Experience in information theory and optimisation is desirable.
  • Experience in data management and data visualization with focus on visual analytics are desirable.


  • Salary Packaging
  • Discount Health Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Child care services

Applications close: 11pm December 20, 2019

All enquiries to Pablo Casillas-Espinosa on

Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.



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