Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy

Sydney, Australia
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Work with leading academic
  • Innovative and supportive working environment
  • Full-time, fixed term for 2 years

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The Role

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy or psychology/cognitive science to work with Professor Neil Levy on the project Belief and belief change in a post-truth world. This project aims to better understand the nature and extent of the problem posed by resistance to evidence in social and political life. 

The successful applicant will develop his/her own projects on topics related to the theme of the project, including, but not limited to, motivated reasoning; fake news; the identification of and deference to experts; pathologies of belief formation (e.g. clinical delusions); ‘nudging’ belief, and the justification of testimony. If the successful applicant has the appropriate skills, he or she will carry out experimental work overseen by Professor Levy. 

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position applicants must respond to the selection criteria below and attach it as a separate document in the application process in addition to your CV and a 1-2 page cover letter:

  • A PhD or near completion in either philosophy or psychology/cognitive;
  • Knowledge of either social epistemology, or philosophy of mind/cognitive science;
  • Proven research and project management skills including a track record of publication/s relative to experience;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report writing skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in the design and conduct of psychological experiments with human participants, either in the lab or in an online environment;
  • Qualifications and experience in quantitative analysis, including use of SPSS.

Salary Package: from $71,781 - $96,655 p.a. (Level A) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type:  Full-time, fixed term for a period of 2 years

Enquiries: Professor Neil Levy at

Applications Close: 10 June 2018 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 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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