Senior Research Fellow, The Brain and Mind Centre

Sydney, Australia
09 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to work with research experts across multiple faculties to develop research projects and outputs and engage with stakeholders to influence policies and practices to minimise harms related to technology
  • Located at our CBD Campus, Camperdown – join a newly created team within The Brain and Mind Centre
  • Full-time, fixed-term 12-month contract. Base salary: $106-$126k p.a. (Level B) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity 

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Fellow to join our multidisciplinary Gather research team working to understand the connection between new technology and risk-taking behaviour at the Brain and Mind Centre. The Senior Research Fellow will contribute to achieving deliverables for the new team and provide research, including developing research projects, creating outputs and engaging with internal and external stakeholders.

Ideally, applicants will hold a Masters or PhD degree and/or have prior experience in research. The position will be supervised by the team leader in Psychology but work with the leadership team with representatives from Medicine, Psychiatry, Public Health, Law, and Economics. As such, the desire to work in a multidisciplinary team is necessary. Content knowledge related to new technology and risk taking behaviour and experience working across disciplines is desirable.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to quality and attention to detail, initiative to solve problems and improve processes, and ability to work efficiently both independently and in teams. This role will primarily focus on generating high quality, timely and accurate research in relation to the team’s research priorities including publication of research findings in high-impact journals and delivery of conference presentations. The primary activity will focus around developing a white paper in collaboration with the leadership team to discuss issues and trends in relation to two initial research foci (behavioural addictions and problematic technology including social media usage) as well as building the team through facilitating internal collaboration, writing funding applications, and engaging with external stakeholders.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Senior Research Fellow who possesses experience in the following areas:

  • a Masters or PhD degree in psychology, law, psychiatry, public health, economics or a related field and prior experience in postgraduate research
  • a background/knowledge in behavioural addictions, problematic technology or social media usage, or mental health, ideally using multidisciplinary approaches
  • demonstrated experience in preparing ethics applications, designing research studies, analysing data, and writing high-impact research outputs for a range of audiences
  • demonstrated experience preparing successful applications for external funding
  • demonstrated experience in engaging with external stakeholders, including translating research outcomes to influence policy and practice
  • previous experience in organising of internal and external events (e.g. symposiums and networking events) to engage researchers and stakeholders
  • demonstrated experience in statistical techniques including data retrieval and data manipulation

About us

The Gather team works across disciplines and engages with stakeholders to contribute to a greater conceptual understanding of how and why people make decisions about technology use that lead to risks and potential harms. This includes examining Internet-based behavioural addictions (e.g., online gambling and gaming), harmful use of social media and smartphones, online crime and anti-social behaviours, and the roles of various stakeholders to intervene, protect, and minimise harms. Our multi-disciplinary collaboration draws together perspectives from clinical psychology, public health, ethics, economics, social sciences (e.g., media and technology), law, neuroscience, psychiatry and beyond for a comprehensive understanding at both the conceptual and applied levels of problematic risk-taking behaviours and decision-making involving emerging technologies. 

The Brain and Mind Centre - bringing together leading scientists nationally and internationally to address critical health issues of the 21st century - disorders of the brain and mind. The centre significantly expands the breadth and depth of our multidisciplinary research to set new standards in brain and mind sciences both in Australia and internationally. 

The Brain and Mind Centre is a global leader in research and treatment. In particular, we focus on conditions that affect child development, youth mental health and brain ageing. We aim to understand individual circumstances and to develop solutions that improve the quality of life for both patients and their loved ones. Work at the Centre extends beyond laboratories and clinics to our strong partnerships with industry, government, the community, and other healthcare providers and researchers.

This position is within the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. The School was the first established psychology department in Australia and has a proud history of excellence that characterizes all of its research and educational activities. We currently offer coursework and research degrees for over 4000 students, with our undergraduate Psychology Program, Honours year, and Master of Clinical Psychology postgraduate degrees accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Our academic staff are dedicated to research-led, innovative and rigorous teaching practices, and we hold our students to a high standard. More information about the School’s research profile and course offerings can be found on the School website.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2359/1119F to apply.

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Friday 24 January 2020 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.