Senior Research Officer, Linguistics

Sydney, Australia
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Salary Package: HEW level 6, from (the pro rata equivalent of) $83,478 to $92,146 p.a. plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: fixed term position until June 2020, part time (17.5 hours/week)
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The role

This position will support and contribute to the Australian Research Council funded project “AusKidTalk: An Australian Children’s Speech Corpus” to develop the first publicly accessible and annotated corpus of Australian children’s typically developing and disordered speech. This corpus will provide the basic infrastructure vital for innovative research and technology using children’s speech. This is a multi-site project working with project teams at UNSW, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, and Macquarie University.

The project team at Macquarie University requires the support of a skilled Senior Research Officer. Key responsibilities of this role are to develop transcription and annotation guidelines and oversee and carry out research activities related to the collection and processing of children's speech. In addition, this role will train, mentor and supervise Research Assistants, coordinate the participant recruitment drive and coordinate data storage. The combined responsibilities for the technical and people-related aspects of building a speech corpus will make this role highly varied and rewarding. The role is part-time (17.5 hours per week). We are open to flexibility in hours for the right candidate.

About You

You will have a postgraduate qualification in Linguistics and have experience in similar research roles or related commercial contexts. You will have superior knowledge and understanding of speech processing, Australian-English phonetics and acoustic annotation. Your research related experience will encompass working with children as well as the collection, management and processing of acoustic-phonetic speech data.

You will not only be great behind the scenes processing data; you will also have a flair for interpersonal relationships and a proven ability to build rapport with child participants and their guardians. You will also quickly build strong stakeholder relationships with all project team members at Macquarie University and key team members across the project sites.

About Us

Macquarie’s Faculty of Human Sciences holds a distinctive place on the global stage. With several internationally acclaimed centres producing ground-breaking research in areas like linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and education, our faculty is a place of passionate educators and unbridled discovery. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities including the Australian Hearing Hub, we work together to investigate and answer some of the big questions about what makes us human.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate (2-page maximum) cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A postgraduate degree in Linguistics
  • Demonstrated superior understanding of speech processing, Australian-English phonetics and acoustic annotation
  • Proven ability to carry out the collection, management and processing of speech dataProven capability to use audio hardware and speech processing software
  • Demonstrated success in supervising individuals and working effectively as part of a team
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills in the Australian contextExcellent organisational skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with children, preferably within a research context

This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with Macquarie University health requirements and requires a current and valid Working with Children Check Clearance for NSW.  You may also have to satisfy Macquarie University that you meet all background checks (including criminal record and qualification checks).

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Felicity Cox on

General Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah, HR Administrator, at

Applications Close: Thursday 31st October 2019 time at 11:55 pm (AEDT)

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