Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics

Sydney, Australia
22 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, 1-year position

Applications Close: 11:55 pm AEST Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Start Date:  Available starting September 1, 2018

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Child Language Lab at Macquarie University (Sydney). The Lab is located in the Australian Hearing Hub with state-of the art EEG, MEG, infant speech perception, eye-tracking, and language production research facilities. The group has extensive collaborative links with Audiology, Speech Pathology, Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), and the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), providing a dynamic, collaborative research environment.


This position is funded as part of a 5-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship award to Professor Katherine Demuth for examining 'Neural and behavioural evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology'. The project brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines with the common purpose of addressing issues related to speech and language perception, production and processing in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children, and children with hearing loss.

The successful applicant will lead research in the language processing abilities of children with hearing loss, including designing and running experiments, writing up and presenting results, supervising graduate students, helping to recruit participants, and organizational aspects of the lab as needed.

Previous experience with designing and conducting language processing experiments using the visual world eye-tracking paradigm and pupillometry, is highly desirable.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV (including list of 3 referees), general statement of research interests, and availability.


  • PhD in linguistics, psychology, cognitive science or related discipline
  • Excellent knowledge of acoustic phonetics, phonology, prosody and psycholinguistics
  • Excellent knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Interest in and/or experience with developmental research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • First-authored journal publications


  • Programming skills
  • Experience writing grant proposals
  • Experience supervising graduate students
  • Research experience with young children

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

Salary Package: Level A - base salary from $83,344 to $89,320 AUD p.a., plus 9.5% employer’s superannuation and leave loading. 

Appointment Type:  Full-time, 1 year fixed term position

Specific Role Enquiries:  Professor Katherine Demuth at Please send CV with enquiries.

General Recruitment Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah at or +61 2 9850 8352

Applications close: Tuesday, 31 July 2018 AEST 11:55 pm AEST

The Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University (Sydney) offers a unique and exciting combination of disciplines across 4 key areas of expertise - Health, Education, Language and the Mind. The faculty is known for its high calibre professionally accredited courses and its research excellence across the Departments of Education and Early Childhood, Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Health Professions.

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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