Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology

Melbourne, Australia
27 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Salary: $73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super

About the role

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, is one of the leading schools of Psychology in Australia, with active research programs in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Science, Cognitive and Mathematical Psychology, and Social and Personality Psychology. We have a large undergraduate and fourth-year teaching program and an extensive postgraduate program providing research and professional training.

The School also has an active research cohort encompassed in several broad research themes. The School has recently established four research hubs in Complex Human Data, Decision Science, Ethics and Well-being, and Translational Clinical Science, and has also developed a major initiative in Behaviour Change.

The Research Fellow will undertake research under the supervision of Dr Scott Griffiths, who leads the Physical Appearance Research Team together with Drs Isabel Krug and Khandis Blake. The appointed Research Fellow will contribute to research projects in the area of body image and appearance-related psychological disorders, including eating disorders.

We foster a values-based culture of innovation and creativity to enhance the research performance of the University and to achieve excellence in teaching and research outcomes.

Key Responsibilities


  • Oversee Gay Bodies Worldwide, a 5-year longitudinal panel study of sexual minority men (N~8000) due to finish in 2024
  • Design and conduct two large (N~200) ecological momentary assessment studies of individuals with body image and eating disorder diagnoses, employing both active and passive (i.e., sensor) data collection
  • Contribute to WIRED, an app-based intervention to ameliorate eating and body image disorders among gay men (N~600)
  • Analyse longitudinal data from EveryBODY, a longitudinal panel study of Australian adolescents (N~4000)
  • Contribute to a school-based prevention program to prevent eating and body image disorders among adolescents
  • Serve as Managing Editor of Ugly Duckling, a forthcoming print magazine publishing intelligent and critical articles about physical appearance
  • Write, submit, and revise manuscripts based on the above studies
  • Assist with advising honours and postgraduate students in the Physical Appearance Research Team (
  • Identify and apply for future research funding opportunities


  • Attend team meetings and relevant School and Faculty committee meetings
  • Support the broad ethos of the School and the School’s compliance with University policies and procedures.


  • Maintain an active, research-focused social media profile (Twitter, preferably!)
  • Participate in activities that strengthen the links between the University and the community and which help in the dissemination and utilisation of psychological knowledge

About you


  • A PhD or near completion of a PhD in body image, or more broadly, in social psychology or clinical psychology
  • Demonstrated commitment to Open Science research principles
  • Ability to design and conduct methodologically thoughtful quantitative research
  • Ability to analyse complex quantitative data Demonstrated commitment to thoughtful data visualisation
  • An active, research-focused social media presence
  • Ability to articulate and publish research in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated organisational and project management skills


  • Skills in R
  • Skills in longitudinal data analysis, including multi-level models
  • Skills in the designing and conduct of ecological momentary assessment studies, randomised controlled trials, and planned missing data designs
  • Skills in the design, conduct, and analysis of qualitative research

For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please go to:

Position Description


Applications close: 10 Dec 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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