Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology

Sydney, Australia
14 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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 a 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. 

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

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 education, 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.

The Department of Psychology at Macquarie University is a research-intensive department that is home to the Centre for Emotional Health, the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training, and other highly productive research groups and laboratories, with a state-of-the-art simulation precinct. The Macquarie University Psychology Clinic, the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic, and e-Centre Clinic offer specialised psychological services to the general community.

The Role

There are two separate postdoctoral fellow roles available on two separate projects. Both of the projects will require the successful candidate to:

  1. project manage a large randomised controlled trial to compare psychological interventions for treating depression and anxiety in older adult populations
  2. provide clinical supervision to research psychologists
  3. manage research assistants
  4. supervise student research projects.

The level of appointment will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Selection Criteria

To be considered, applicants must identify which level of appointment they are applying for and respond to the relevant selection criteria for that level. Responses must be attached as a separate document in the application process.

For a Level A appointment:


  • A PhD (or near completion) in Psychology
  • An emerging well-articulated research agenda and a track record of high-quality publications relevant to stage of career
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Eligibility for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia


  • Clinical experience working with older adult populations
  • Experience working in a research environment or in a research role (e.g. research assistant)
  • Experience supervising student projects

For a Level B appointment:


  • A PhD in Psychology
  • A well-articulated research agenda and a track record of high-quality publications relevant to stage of career
  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to relate to staff and students from all backgrounds and to represent the Department to external stakeholders and the general public
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a research team
  • Eligibility for registration as psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • A demonstrated ability to attract external funding for research and a record of competitive grant successes
  • Experience project managing randomised controlled trials or other large projects


  • Experience and interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Experience with student research supervision
  • Clinical experience working with older adult populations

Salary Package:

  • Level A, $70,374 – $94,740 p.a plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Level B $99,879 - $118,174 p.a. plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type:

  • 2 X Full time, fixed term appointments to end 31 December 2020
  • Both available to start as soon as possible

Specific Role Enquiries: A/Prof Viviana Wuthrich on or 61 2 9850 4866      

General Recruitment Enquiries: Melissa Kruup on or +61 2 9850 4880

Applications Close: Sunday 4th March 2018 at 11.55pm 

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