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Senior Research Associate - Psychology

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Work type: Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Senior Research Associate

Lecturer/Senior Lecturers in Psychology (up to 4 roles)

  • 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

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.


The School of Psychology at UNSW is the leading Psychology school in Australia. It is located in the Faculty of Science and is recognised nationally and internationally for its excellence in research and teaching.  It offers world class undergraduate psychology degrees, as well as postgraduate professional Masters training in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, an online Graduate Diploma program, and a PhD research program with over 120 students. 40 academic staff conduct experimental research in many areas of Psychology, including behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, perception, learning, memory and cognition, as well as health, social, developmental, clinical and forensic psychology. UNSW Psychology is the only School in the southern hemisphere ranked in the top 30 by discipline in the THES, QS and ARWU rankings.

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The Senior Research Associate is expected to carry out independent and/or team research within the field in which they are appointed and to carry out activities to develop their research expertise relevant to their particular field of research.

The role is responsible for drafting and writing research manuscripts for an ARC funded study on Healthy and Working Life Expectancies in an Ageing Australia.

About the role

  • Level B - $111K - $131K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Level C - $135k - $155k - plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 9 months
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Senior Research Associate reports to Dr. Kim Kiely and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:


  • Engage in individual and/or collaborative research in a manner consistent with disciplinary practice.
  • Create scholarly impact in the discipline which is recognised by peers in the advancement of disciplinary knowledge.
  • Conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision, either independently or as a member of a team (as per the norms of the discipline).
  • Establish a personal research portfolio and start developing independent research proposals.
  • Contribute to the development of applications for competitive funding under the guidance of senior colleagues.
  • Participate as co-investigator or chief investigator in competitive grant applications, or show evidence of active participation in research collaborations funded by competitive grants.
  • Design research projects.
  • Mentor and guide students and colleagues and develop the next generation of academics through involvement in supervision of HDRs (as per the norms of the discipline).
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

(in addition to the above)

  • Lead research groups in area of specialist expertise
  • Obtain research income from nationally competitive research grants (and/or research fellowships) and research end-users as a member or leader, at or above the level that is relevant to the discipline in leading universities.
  • Attract peer recognition and establish research network/s at the international level.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

LEVEL B – Lecturer:

  • A PhD in Psychology, Gerontology, Social Sciences, Epidemiology, or related discipline, and/or relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues relating to population ageing and social determinants of healthy ageing.
  • Demonstrated understanding of longevity, life expectancies, and health expectancies
  • Capacity to conduct and interpret statistical analysis of household panel and mortality data to examine social variation and life course determinants of healthy life expectancies and working life expectancies.
  • Evidence of capacity to produce high quality research manuscripts for publication as lead author
  • Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
  • High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

LEVEL C – Senior Lecturer:
(in addition to the above)

  • Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships

You should provide a cover letter and systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Kim Kiely

Applications close: July 4th, 2022

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UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).


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