Research Fellow, School of Psychological Science

Perth, Australia
Mar 17, 2019
End of advertisement period
Apr 12, 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Science

School of Psychological Science

Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE)

  • Enhance your career by joining a team of driven and collaborative academics led by one of Australia’s most cited psychologists, Laureate Fellow Professor Colin MacLeod at The Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE)
  • Rare opportunity for full time, 18 months appointment 
  • Salary range: Level B $98,526 - $116,792 p.a. plus employer contribution to superannuation of 17%

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the School and Centre

Established as a department in 1930, the School of Psychological Science at UWA has always led the way in Australia in both the academic and professional fields. We have a proud record of turning out first-rate scientists and practitioners, widely educated in the theory, research and practice of the discipline. With over 40 full-time equivalent academic staff, The School is one of the largest in the University. Its strengths are well recognised internationally, and UWA has received the highest possible rating for Psychology in each of the three rounds of the national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluations, an achievement matched by only one other Australian university.

These ratings reflect the quality of the academic researchers in the School, the strength our research students, the School’s success in attracting substantial research grant funding and the high citation rates of our publications. The School has first rate research facilities, including large undergraduate and community participant pools, numerous networked testing stations that enable highly efficient data collection, and multiple eye-link stations trackers.

The Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) is a vibrant and thriving research facility dedicated to investigating patterns cognitive biases that functionally underpin emotional vulnerability and resilience. A key objective of the centre is to bring together national and international leaders in areas of cognitive psychology, biological psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology, to establish new innovations that advance the understanding of emotion.

About the opportunity

The role presents an exciting opportunity to join an established team of researchers working within the Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE). The Centre is led by Laureate Fellow, Professor Colin MacLeod, and co-directed by Dr Ben Grafton and Dr Lies Notebaert.

You will play a key role in an Australian Research Council funded Laureate research program that investigates patterns of cognitive bias that functionally underpin emotional vulnerability and resilience. This research program will delineate the individual differences in cognitive functioning that distinguish between the tendency to experience adaptive and maladaptive pattern of emotional functioning.

Using laboratory and fieldwork approaches to test innovative hypotheses, in commencing students and in bushfire-exposed community samples, this work aims to assess, predict, and explain the individual differences in unproductive and productive worrying that underpin variability in resilient responding to situations in which adaptive action can mitigate real-world risk.

You will be expected to play a significant part in executing the research program, in collaboration with other post-doctoral team members, as well as contributing to the supervision of Honours and PhD students.

About you

With prior experience working in a team that has exerted international impact in this field of research; you will be a self-motivated and collaborative researcher with strong skills in developing and executing experimental research designs as well as strong statistical competency.

We are in search for a passionate post-doctoral fellow who has the following:

  • A PhD qualification in an area that provides a firm foundation for conducting rigorous and innovative experimental work in the field of cognition and emotion research
  • A strong interest in researching the relationship between cognition and emotion, including the relationship between biased attentional and interpretive processing, and individual differences in anxiety vulnerability and resilience.
  • A good track record of research achievement in this area, including relevant publications in international journals.
  • A demonstrated ability to work productively in research teams
  • Strong skills developing and executing experimental research designs
  • Strong statistical competency
  • Experience in programming of experimental tasks in Inquisit or similar program
  • Experience in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate student researchers
  • A demonstrated ability to work productively in research teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Prior experience in programming of experimental tasks and/or supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate student researchers would be desirable.

Closing date: 12th April 2019

This position is open to international applications.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).