Senior Lecturer, Human Factors

Perth, Australia
Oct 01, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 11, 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
  • Opportunity for an exceptional individual to build on the School’s capacity in the rapidly growing area of Human Factors.
  • Tenurable teaching and research appointment
  • Full time or part-time work in a job share capacity is available
  • Salary range: Level C $118,957 - $137,000 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

Faculty of Science

School of Psychological Science

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 team

The School of Psychological Science have been recognised internationally, with Psychology ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University and top 100 in the ARWU rankings. UWA has received the highest rating (5: well above world standards) 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 rankings reflect the quality of the staff in the School, our strong undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the School’s capacity to attract substantial research grant funding to support innovative research, and the high citation rates of our publications.

The Human Factors group is aligned with the UWA Industrial and Organisational and the new Master of Business Psychology postgraduate programmes. There is substantial collaboration between Psychology and Engineering, Medicine, and the Management and Organisations group within the UWA Business School, which brings critical mass to research in the Human Factors area within the University. The University regards Human Factors as an area of significant strategic growth due to the high demands for both laboratory and field research to be conducted in concert with technical industries, the defence sectors, and healthcare institutions.

About the opportunity

In this position, you will have responsibility for building on the School’s research and training strengths in Human Factors. You will be expected to play a significant part in further developing the international research reputation of the School in the Human Factors domain, by attracting external research funds, establishing collaborations with researchers within and outside the School, and publishing influential papers.

You will play a key role in the development of research-led teaching in Human Factors, and related fields, including the training of evidence-based applications of Human Factors. Teaching responsibilities will include the delivery of lectures and seminars in Human Factors, or cognate areas, to undergraduate and postgraduate students. You will supervise honours and postgraduate research students.

To be considered for this position, you will hold a PhD in Psychology, preferably in an area relevant to Human Factors. Whilst your research focus can be on any aspect of Human Factors, we are particularly interested in candidates who have the capacity to teach Human Factors methods and, Design and Usability.

You will possess a strong track record in Human Factors research with publication outputs in high quality journals, high quality teaching ability and student supervision experience. You will have a collegiate attitude and commitment to working with diverse groups both internally with university colleagues and externally with industry and government personnel.

For more information regarding the position or a confidential discussion, please contact:

Professor Simon Farrell, Co-Deputy Head of School, Psychological Science, email:

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. You are encouraged to supply a curriculum vitae or academic portfolio in support of your application.

Closing date: Monday, 11 November 2019

This position is open to international applicants.

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

Please note short-listed applicants will be invited to attend selection activities and meetings held at The University of Western Australia over two working days at the beginning of December 2019, which will include presenting colloquia and meetings with the selection committee members and other key senior staff and stakeholders.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.