Research Associate in Psychology

Sydney, Australia
27 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Psychology

Academic Operations

Faculty of Science

  • Research position focused on Psychology
  • Full-time, 3 years Fixed Term Employment, Camperdown Campus
  • Academic Level A, Base Salary: $73,420 p.a. - $98,940 p.a. plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  Visa sponsorship may be available if required.

About the opportunity 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (Level A) to join our research team in the Lambert Initiative's Analytical Chemistry Laboratory and preclinical phenotyping program. Working closely with the Manager of the Analytical Laboratory, the Research Associate will support various projects including PELICAN, rodent cannabinoid pharmacokinetics, human trial analyses of plasma cannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and plant extraction and purification of phytocannabinoids. Additional work in establishing new facilities for pharmacokinetic work with hepatocytes and microsomes is likely.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence and are seeking to recruit for a Research Associate role within the School of Psychology, who will:

  • Preparing relevant materials in collaboration  with team members,
  • Performing fundamental aspects of research work, and facilitating the efficient operation of the research laboratory by providing essential technical and operational support.
  • Coordinate the activities associated with research projects, and work towards ensuring that experiments/etc. are prepared for and run smoothly.

We are looking for a Research Associate with:

  • PhD in Psychology or a related discipline
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative  and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that arise as part of normal daily work.
  • Technical expertise in Analytical Chemistry including LC-MS/MS, GC-MS and Headspace Analysis. Expertise in rodent behavioral paradigms and behavioral analysis.
  • Advanced skills in data analysis, in using statistical analysis tools and reporting on research findings.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

For further information contact Professor Iain McGregor, Professor, Psychopharmacology, School of Psychology on +61 2 9351 0883 or

For information about the recruitment process, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Helen Efstathiou, Recruitment Consultant on +61 2 8627 7137 or

Closing date: 11:30pm, 29 July 2018 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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