Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

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

Australian Research Council Laureate

  • ​One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

The postdoctoral fellow will work in Professor Jill Bennett’s AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL LAUREATE team, located at UNSW Art & Design, Paddington.

The Experience Research Lab supports an exciting new transdisciplinary approach to the study of subjectivity with a focus on lived experiences of ageing, neurodiversity and mental health. In our state-of-the-art 3D immersive environment (EPICentre), we are developing a virtual Perception Environment that uses qualitative data to simulate ‘seeing through the eyes of another’. By these means we aim to advance understandings of the experiences of stigmatised and devalued populations, and to test methods for the promotion of empathy/remediation of stigma.

Our Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows work in a transdisciplinary team, spanning psychology/social science, art/design, immersive media and data visualisation.

About the role

  • $91K-$98K per annum plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term for 3 years (with potential for renewal for two further years)
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

As the Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow in subjective experience of ageing, neurodiversity and mental health, you will work in a transdisciplinary team (spanning psychology/social science, art/design and data visualisation), investigating the subjective/embodied experience of ageing and mental health.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Doctoral qualification in psychology, psychiatry, psycho-social research, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) or other relevant field directly related to the study of lived experience.
  • Experience of design and implementation of research projects entailing interviews (expertise in the use of semi structured interviews is desirable).
  • Demonstrated track-record of academic achievement, including theoretical, experimental, and/or methodological innovation.
  • Demonstrated experience with ageing, neurodiversity and/or mental health, and expertise gained through personal lived experience will be considered an asset.
  • Interest in experiences of ageing, memory loss, depression, loneliness, grief, and trauma.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social determinants of health; respect for trauma-informed approaches.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of empathy/stigma research.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Jill Bennett, Director, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA)


Applications close: 22 March 2018