Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Camperdown, Australia
$118,390 - $167,221 p.a. + 17% superannuation
28 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 4-year fixed-term role, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Psychology
  • Opportunity to contribute to research and teaching in a world leading Psychology department
  • Base Salary Level B/C $118,390 - $167,221 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Psychology University of Sydney is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for a four year, fixed-term Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position (Level B/C).

The School welcomes applications from fields within and related to individual differences psychology. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have expertise in personality and/or organisational psychology with capabilities in psychological assessment (broadly defined). The successful candidate will contribute to enhancing the School's research and teaching excellence.

The School is one of eight in the Faculty of Science and has a global reputation for its outstanding research and teaching, with strengths in Applied Psychology (e.g. health, coaching, social, and individual differences), Experimental Psychology (e.g. perception, learning, cognition), Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g. animal models, neural systems, computational modelling), and Clinical Psychology. The School delivers world class education across accredited programmes at all levels; Bachelor, Honours, Master of Clinical Psychology, and Higher Degree Research tracks (PhD, MPhil) as well as a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology. The School is very well-resourced and is renowned for its supportive environment whereby success comes from collaboration and mentoring among our staff. The School is also part of several Multi-Disciplinary Initiatives (e.g. Brain & Mind Centre, Charles Perkins Centre) providing excellent opportunities to work in high impact multi-disciplinary teams.

The School of Psychology consistently ranks among the best in the world. In the most recent QS World University Rankings, the School ranked in the Top 3 Psychology departments in Australia and the Top 30 in the world, with the University of Sydney ranking in the Top 40 universities in the world and Top 5 for graduate employability.

To learn more about the School of Psychology click here.

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 Lecturer who has or has demonstrated capacity to:

  • a PhD in the area of individual differences psychology or closely related discipline
  • independently conduct high quality research relevant to the School's existing strengths, particularly in Personality Psychology and/or Applied Psychology, including publishing research in high quality international peer-reviewed journals
  • submit applications for nationally competitive research funding e.g. ARC/NHRMC/MRFF
  • establish an independent research programme and develop a successful research team, including national and/or international collaborations.
  • provide outstanding research training (e.g. honours/PhD)
  • deliver high quality teaching, including developing innovative course content and assessments
  • contribute to curriculum development in areas relevant to individual differences and/or organisational psychology
  • exhibit high quality communication and organisational skills relevant to managing research and teaching
  • contribute to governance, leadership, and engagement within the School and across the broader University
  • work collaboratively with other staff, including professional staff, including fostering and enhancing principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Senior Lecturer who, in addition to above, has demonstrated capacity to:

  • establish and lead a team of researchers to enhance the standing of the School
  • attract nationally-competitive research funding e.g. ARC/NHMRC/MRFF
  • lead curriculum development that enhances student learning in the Psychology curriculum.

Candidates should indicate which level they wish to apply for, however, the selection panel reserves the right to make offers based on its appraisal of the candidate's skills, experience, and knowledge.

Please note: For the right candidates, visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role-required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional necessary supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page. In your cover letter, please indicate whether you are applying for Level B - Lecturer or Level C - Senior Lecturer and please describe how you would enhance the School's existing research and teaching strengths. Your cover letter should clearly address how your skills and experience match those that we are looking for (in the 'About You' section). Please keep your cover letter to a maximum of 4 pages.

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For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact the Deputy Head of School, Associate Professor Damian Birney via If you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Kevin Lim, Recruitment Consultant. Recruitment Operations, Human Resources by email

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Applications Close

Monday 30 October 2023 11:59 PM

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