Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Neural Basis of Extinction and Response Inhibition

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary Level A $95K - $98K p.a. + 17% superannuation
16 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 2 years fixed term contract, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Psychology
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in the neural basis of extinction and response inhibition in humans
  • Base Salary Level A $95K - $98K p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate extinction and response inhibition in humans. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Justin Harris; this role will be part of an Australian Research Council grant to investigate the role of local inhibitory processes in human motor cortex in the control of learned responses undergoing extinction.

They will be involved in the supervision of undergraduate students undertaking their research in the area of the grant.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake research using TMS to study extinction and response inhibition in humans
  • contribute to the publication of research papers
  • demonstrate research excellence
  • assist with grant writing and publishing original work
  • support supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The School of Psychology was the first established Psychology department in Australia and is currently one of the largest and has a proud history of excellence that characterises all its research and educational activities. Sustained increases in research funding and strong enrolments have facilitated a rapid growth in our staffing and research profile.

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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 Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in psychology or relevant branch of cognitive neuroscience and equivalent combination of training and experience
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organisational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • a strong track record of publishing their research.

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Pre-employment checks

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EEO statement

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Applications Close

Sunday 17 July 2022 11:59 PM

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