Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Cognitive Science

University of New South Wales School of Psychology


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Computational Cognitive Science

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Work type: Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Senior Lecturer, Lecturer

Lecturer/Senior Lecturers in Psychology (up to 2 roles) – Computational Cognitive Science

  • 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. The School has well equipped research and teaching facilities and attracts outstanding staff and students from Australia and overseas. UNSW is located 5 km from the centre of Sydney and is close to other research centres, teaching hospitals, transport, shopping, and beaches

For further information about the school please visit www.psychology.unsw.edu.au

The Lecturers (Level B) / Senior Lecturers (Level C) are expected to carry out activities to develop their scholarly research and professional activities both nationally and internationally and to contribute significantly to achieving the teaching and service missions of the School of Psychology and Faculty of Science. The successful applicants will carry out independent research, teach courses and supervise research projects in the School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs. These positions are in the context of the School’s existing strengths in cognitive, clinical, forensic, social, health and developmental psychology, perception and behavioural and cognitive neuroscience.

For these roles the School is particularly interested in applicants who will enhance our research strength in computational cognitive science.  The applicant should be familiar with behavioural approaches as well demonstrating high levels of expertise in one or more computational modelling approaches (e.g., Bayesian models, reaction-time modelling, neural networks, reinforcement learning) applied to any area of cognitive science.

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 – 5 years CTT (Convertible Tenure Track)
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer reports to the Head of School.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

LEVEL B – Lecturer:

  • Engage in individual and/or collaborative research of an internationally recognised standard in an area of Psychology relevant to the School.
  • Create scholarly impact which is recognised by international peers in the advancement of Psychology or related disciplines.
  • Conduct research/scholarly independently or as a member of a team, and design research projects.
  • Undertake the development of applications for competitive funding, including participating as co-investigator and/or chief investigator in competitive grant applications. 
  • Mentor and guide students and colleagues and develop the next generation of academics through in the supervision of higher degree research students.
  • Demonstrate and continuously develop a well-defined teaching philosophy that inspires student learning.
  • Conduct classes, assess student learning achievements and support students in postgraduate and undergraduate courses in line with UNSW policy.
  • Design and develop learning activities and resources, and provide assessment and feedback using a range of suitable approaches and learning environments.
  • Manage course administration as Course Authority, including academic quality assurance.
  • Maintain professional development in pedagogy, disciplinary knowledge and minimum professional accreditation requirements (where needed).
  • Make a positive contribution to School meetings and seminars and be a member of School/Faculty committees as required.
  • 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.

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

  • Make independent contributions to research that have a significant impact in their field of expertise and create a nationally and internationally recognised research track record in an area of Psychology relevant to the School.
  • Develop and lead a research group in an area of Psychology relevant to the School.
  • Attract peer recognition and establish research network/s at the national and international level.
  • Obtain research income from nationally competitive research grants (and/or research fellowships) at or above the level of leading international universities.
  • Apply a well-defined teaching philosophy and a critically reflective teaching practice that inspires student learning.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

LEVEL B – Lecturer:

  • A PhD in Psychology or a related discipline.
  • 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.
  • Proven commitment to keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
  • An aptitude for teaching and learning design, development and delivery at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Ability to use educational technology platforms and online delivery methods to deliver courses.
  • Strong teaching capability and a passion for educational excellence.
  • Ability to support and inspire students from diverse backgrounds and support student equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff.
  • Ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Evidence of the capacity for highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • 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 experience in teaching and learning design using a range of pedagogical approaches, development and delivery of courses and programs, at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing educational technologies and online delivery methods.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and passion for educational excellence and fostering this in others.
  • Demonstrated success in initiating curriculum development and improvement.
  • Experience in successfully recruiting and supervising high calibre students.

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

Enquiries may be directed to Prof Simon Killcross by telephone (61) 2 9385 3034 or email: s.killcross@unsw.edu.au

For further information about the School, please visit: www.psy.unsw.edu.au

Applications close: 20 May 2022

Find out more about working at UNSW at www.unsw.edu.au

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).

Position Description

Advertised: 11 Apr 2022 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 20 May 2022 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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