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Research Fellow in Psychology

Adelaide, Australia
$106,403 - $125,917 p.a. (pro-rata)
Closing date
17 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Psychology, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Fixed term for 3 years | Part-time at 0.50FTE
  • Academic Level B | $106,403 - $125,917 p.a. (pro-rata)
  • Location: Bedford Park / Kaurna Country  
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About the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work 

Through our world-class teaching and research, we equip students with the skill, commitment, and vision to protect vulnerable communities and advance human development. The College is dedicated to cultivating bright minds and inspiring innovative, passionate, and highly skilled graduates for future ready careers, and delivering connections for life. 

About the Role 

We have a unique and career changing opportunity within the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work as the Research Fellow in Psychology. As the successful candidate, you will undertake research under the broad direction of the Chief Investigator, as part of an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space. The Centre, led from the University of Adelaide, aims to create on-demand, zero-waste, high efficiency plants and plant products to address grand challenges in sustainability for Space and on Earth. This multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary team has been awarded $35 million in funding from the Australian Research Council for a 7-year Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space (2024-2030). For further information regarding this pivotal research, please visit ARC Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space.

You will be collaborating on this exciting project with colleagues from various scientific backgrounds and other multi-disciplinary teams in plant, food, and sensory science; process and systems engineering; law and policy; and psychology to deliver transformative solutions for Space habitation and create enhanced plant-derived food and bioresources to capitalise upon emergent and rapidly expanding domestic and global markets. In working with the Chief Investigator and research team, the position will contribute to project design and implementation, the analysis of data and the preparation of manuscripts for publication. 

Some of the key responsibilities of the position are:

  • Actively contributing to the research project by collaborating with the Research Team and external stakeholders to successfully deliver project milestones and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Independently contributing to the planning and execution of research by offering new and innovative ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the production of data, contributing to the writing, and editing of grant applications and attending seminars, meetings, and conferences.
  • Independently contributing to ethical, high quality and innovative research and evaluation through activities such as scholarship, publishing in recognised high quality journals and assisting the preparation and submission of bids for external research funding.

About You 

As the successful candidate, you are a passionate and driven professional in the field of psychology. You are an open-minded, team player who can build effective relationships with various colleagues and stakeholders from across different disciplines. You are open to understand matters from different perspectives while maintaining a strong and confident voice for the psychological point of view of the research. This is a once in a career opportunity and we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is excited by this prospect.

Some of the key position capabilities of the role include:

  • Completion of a PhD in Psychology is essential.
  • Demonstrated research experience in terms of publications in high quality publications, attraction of external competitive grants and presentations at a national and/or international level in Psychology.
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodology.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering project targets on time.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute data collection and analysis.

Life at Flinders 

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world. 

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders? 

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options 
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services 
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff 
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care services, gym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia). 

Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous Employment 

Flinders University is proud to be an organisation that is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Workforce Strategy. Our vision is to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We are committed to progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment, and wellbeing, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all Flinders vacancies. 

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position. 
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy  
  • It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA). 

How to Apply and Information 

  • In addition to uploading your CV, please submit a Cover Letter/Statement elaborating on your previous experiences in a similar role.
  • You are required to submit a Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Key Position Capabilities of the position description.
  • For more information regarding this position, please contact the Chief Investigator, Professor Eva Kemps
  • Please see here for our Reconciliation Action Plan  
  • Please see here for our Indigenous Workforce Strategy  

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. 


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

17 Mar 2024

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.

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