Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology

Sydney, Australia
24 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term

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.
At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

Macquarie’s Faculty of Human Sciences holds a distinctive place on the global stage. With several internationally acclaimed centres producing ground-breaking research in areas like linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and educational studies, our faculty is a place of passionate educators and unbridled discovery. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities including the Australian Hearing Hub, we work together to investigate and answer some of the big questions about what makes us human.

Department of Cognitive Science

The Department of Cognitive Science carries out research, teaching and PhD supervision across a wide range of domains of cognitive science, including memory, language, belief formation, perception, action and reading. The Department hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) and is well-equipped to conduct cutting-edge human neuroscience research. The department houses three magnetoencephalographs, multiple EEG systems, neurostimulation and neuronavigation facilites, eyetracking and virtual reality labs and there are two 3T MRI systems on campus.

The Role

We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral research fellow with experience in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to work with us on projects investigating the neural basis of attention.

We have been awarded two Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants. The first project “Improving inferences from brain imaging to understand selective attention” aims to understand the neural basis for selective attention, and, particularly, to combine rigorous experimental design with innovative analysis methods to draw links between neural activation and human behaviour. The second project “Why is monitoring for rare events so difficult and what can we do about it?” explores what information is and is not represented in the brain when attention lapses under vigilance conditions.

The successful candidate will work both independently and collaboratively within the context of a research team spanning four countries, with the main nodes being Macquarie University (Australia) and Cambridge University (UK). With international collaboration and mentoring, scope to contribute to all aspects of the research, and opportunities for student supervision (PhD and Masters) and outreach activities, this position is an excellent career development opportunity for an outstanding early career researcher.

Instructions for Applicants

To be considered for this position, applicants must respond to the selection criteria below and then upload the response as a separate document during the online application process.

Selection Criteria:


  • PhD (in a relevant field)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated skill and experience working effectively in a research team.
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications in well-regarded journals, including with neuroimaging methods
  • Excellent technical skills including programming in MATLAB (or equivalent) and experience with fMRI analysis (e.g. SPM, Decoding Toolbox)
  • Excellent organisational and research management skills


  • Experience with successful research student supervision
  • Engagement with research integrity and interest in equity and diversity in science

Employment in this position is conditional upon holding a Working with Children Check Clearance.

Appointment type: Full-time or Part-time fixed-term position, for 2 years.

Salary Package: Level A $70,374 – $94,760 (pro rata) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

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General Recruitment Enquiries: Melissa Kruup, HR Consultant at

Applications Close: Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 11:55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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