Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Developmental Psychology

Brisbane, Australia
29 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Psychology

The School of Psychology is one of the most prestigious schools of psychology in Australia, and its strong reputation is built on excellence in both research and teaching. The School has thriving and dynamic research profiles in almost all areas of psychology, and is able to attract visitors from overseas and other institutions in Australia. It possesses good links, often through cross-appointed staff, with other schools in the University, thus creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative research.

Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the School’s web site at

The role

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow will collaborate in research with the Head of the School of Psychology, Professor Virginia Slaughter. The successful applicant is expected to develop research projects relating to Professor Slaughter’s ongoing research interests, including (a) the development of imitative skill in infancy, (b) how different social experiences influence theory-of-mind development and (c) how individual differences in social-cognitive skills relate to broader social functioning in children.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be responsible for collaboratively designing the research and managing research projects day-to-day including participant recruitment and testing, data coding and analysis, and assisting in literature review and report writing for publication. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will also be asked to supervise or co-supervise research students in developmental psychology, and to apply for both collaborative and independent research funding.

The person

This position will be filled by a promising early career scholar (no more than 3 years post PhD), who will apply for an external fellowship before the end of the 2 year contract. Applicants should possess a PhD (or PhD nearing completion) in Developmental Psychology. Demonstrated proficiency carrying out literature reviews within academic databases is essential, as is a developing track record in research publications in national and international journals.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to successfully test infants and young children in experimental settings and expertise in statistical analysis and a willingness to learn new statistical and data management techniques.

A sound understanding of the research literature on the development of imitation and theory-of-mind development is desirable.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

This is a full time role, however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for two years at Academic Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range of $66,283.50 - $89,285.83 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $77,551.69 - $104,464.42 p.a.).

Position Description

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