Research Officer, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences

North Ryde, Australia
From $86,851 to $95,869 (HEW 6) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation
27 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Salary Package: From $86,851 to $95,869 (HEW 6) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rata for part time position.
  • Appointment Type: Full-time or Part time (0.8 FTE), Fixed term for 2 years
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher with an interest in psychedelic science or mental health to support the research and/or clinical trial requirements for research programs on mental health, psychedelics and altered states of consciousness led by Dr Vince Polito in the School of Psychological Sciences.

This project will involve development of experimental measures and tasks for quantifying the effects and outcomes of psychoactive substances, development of trial procedures and protocols, and conducting neuroimaging research including brain imaging. The successful applicant will be responsible for designing and conducting experiments, statistical analyses and interpretation, creation and maintenance of research databases, literature reviews, report writing, research administration, ethics application submissions and liaising with partner organisations, clinicians and consumers.

About You

You will have a tertiary qualification in psychology, cognitive science or related field with relevant experience and expertise. You will be proactive, analytical with strong research and data analysis skills and a capacity to coordinate complex projects. Applicants with research interests in clinical trials, psychopharmacology, psychophysiology, or psychometrics will thrive in this position and are strongly encouraged to apply. You will be an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, a team player and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

About Us

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world, and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

Macquarie University's Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences builds on our aspiration to have the nation's first fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre under a university's leadership. It brings together the excellent work of medical and allied-health clinicians and researchers across the University and around the country, with unparalleled access to world-leading clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health and patient safety.

The School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie University is ranked in the top 75 Psychology Departments in the world and is at the forefront of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement. The School offers accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Psychology to satisfy the requirements for registration as a psychologist. It is a research-intensive department that is home to the Centre for Emotional Health, and the Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing, and other highly productive research groups and laboratories, with a state-of-the-art simulation precinct.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we've grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the selection criteria below.


  • Tertiary qualification in psychology, cognitive science or related health discipline with relevant experience in related field
  • Highly developed analytical and statistical data analysis skills. Experience utilising R or Python is preferred but not essential
  • Experience working on research projects including developing research protocols, experiment design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Computer skills including MS Office, internet based research, database management and research software
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders


  • Experience with neuroimaging
  • Experience and expertise in science communication

Please note: Applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Vince Polito, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at

General Enquiries: Jasmine Xia, HR Assistant at

Applications Close: Monday, 18 July 2022 at 11:55pm AEDT

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.