Research Fellow, Human and Artificial Cognition, Level BRF

Adelaide, Australia
Feb 19, 2019
End of advertisement period
Mar 24, 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based in the Teaching Innovation Unit located at City West campus
  • Full-time, three (3) year fixed term contract
  • Salary range: $96,813 - $114,967 per annum (plus super)

About the Job

This role will focus on research to advance our understanding of learning and knowledge development in digital settings, including processes such as adaptive learning and personalised pathways, as well psychological attributes of successful learners, through the use of data science methodologies. In collaboration with staff in the School of Psychology, researchers in the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) and other related areas, this position will undertake research into student learning profiles, the impact of anticipated labour market automation on knowledge needs of individual’s society, and processes for re-skilling knowledge capabilities of currently employed learners.

The role will be part of a strong interdisciplinary team with expertise in computer science, learning sciences, learning analytics, education, psychology, and learning and will take the lead in applying for and securing funding to advance learning and teaching practices at UniSA.

Skills and Experience

A PhD qualification in cognitive science, psychology, learning sciences, machine learning, or similar (e.g. neuroscience / computational linguistics and excellent quantitative and computational skills with experience using Python, R, or MATLAB are essential for this position. The role requires someone with solid experience in analysing and reporting on student learning data and the ability to use technical skills to find solutions to unidentified problems as well as knowledge of learning and cognitive theories and their application for solving educational challenges.

If you are a collaborative professional with solid communication and interpersonal skills and an impressive record of independent research then we strongly encourage you to apply!

A University of Enterprise

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is an innovative, outward-looking institution known for its strong and engaged research and its experientially-based teaching and learning that is conducted in close collaboration with business, industry, government and the professions.

In recent years, we have maintained a strong upward trajectory across a number of key indicators and are ranked among the world’s top 50 young institutions. We are committed to international education activities and alumni, graduates who are equipped to meet the demands and expectations of the worldwide workforce, a culturally diverse staff and increasing student mobility.

Benefits on Offer

At UniSA, we seek to enrich people’s lives through the creation and application of knowledge. Our staff love to be a part of an organisational culture that promotes a strong commitment to educating professionals, sharing knowledge, and engaging with our communities.

We offer a competitive remuneration package and we have a family friendly approach to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance.

Lodging your Application

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Please refer to the online application form which will indicate which selection criteria you need to address.  Please address your cover letter for the role to Julie Bennett, Senior Recruitment Consultant.  For further information about the position or the recruitment process, you can contact the UniSA Recruitment Central Team on +618 8302 1700 or via email to using job reference number #1641.

Applications close: 11:30 pm Sunday 24 March 2019

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In addition to your salary, the University will make employer superannuation contributions. The amount of superannuation you are entitled to will depend on the nature of your employment. You will also be entitled to annual leave loading, and other beneficial employment conditions. Click here to see more benefits of working for UniSA.

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