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Study & Careers

CERA is an inspiring place to work. As a CERA team member, you’ll be working with some of the world’s best and brightest medical researchers. We’re always looking for talented staff and students to join our innovative research teams in ophthalmology and beyond.

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Work at CERA

CERA researchers are among the world’s leading ophthalmic scientists. Experts in a broad range of disciplines – from neuroscience, to ophthalmology, stem cell science, to molecular genetics – they are leaders in scientific discovery and innovation.

Right now CERA researchers are:

  • Trialling new treatments for age-related macular degeneration
  • Helping to develop Australia’s first bionic eye
  • Developing new ways to deliver drugs into the eye, including implants and ultrasound
  • Conducting Australia’s first large scale study into the barriers of optimal diabetes care
  • Developing new treatments and improving the diagnosis of glaucoma
  • Identifying the risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes using retinal imaging technology
  • Developing stem-cell technology to model eye diseases in the laboratory and reconstruct the eye’s surface after damage.

Current job vacancies:

Study at CERA

CERA hosts growing numbers of higher degree research students each year who are supervised by our principal investigators.

Postgraduate students enrol through the University of Melbourne in a Masters, Doctorate or PhD program.

Current student research positions

For detailed information about programs, entry requirements, how to apply, scholarships and resources refer to the University’s Department of Ophthalmology.


Hector Maclean Summer Scholarships

Applications for the 2020-2021 Hector Maclean Summer Scholarship Program at CERA will open on Monday 31 August 2020.

The Hector Maclean Scholarship fund was established through a generous bequest left to the University by Mrs Joan Dickson in 2002, in appreciation of the high level of medical care Associate Professor Hector Maclean provided to Mrs Dickson’s husband Noel. Hector Maclean was a staff member of the Department of Ophthalmology for more than 25 years and served as Deputy Head and Acting Head on different occasions. He had a special interest in ophthalmology education. He died in 2013 and left a bequest in his will to add to the scholarship fund named in his honour.

These Scholarships are open to University of Melbourne students enrolled in a science, biomedicine, medicine, or other relevant degree.  The scholarship can be undertaken over 4-8 weeks, full-time or part-time, dependent on the supervisor’s approval.

This period can comprise a placement in either Block 1 (23 November to 23 December 2020) or Block 2 (27 January to 26 February 2021), not including the Christmas closure period (24 December 2020 to 3 January 2021, inclusive). Positions can run across both Block 1 and 2 with PI approval, with exact dates to be negotiated between the student and supervisor.

For further details please access the Guide to Applicants.

Application forms can be accessed here.

Project summaries can be accessed here.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 2 October 2020. Please submit all applications to cera-education@unimelb.edu.au