Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Western Australia


Senior Lecturer (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Job no: 503361
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science

  • Opportunity for an exceptional individual to build on the School’s capacity in Cognitive Neuroscience and work with forward-thinking and collegial colleagues in the UWA School of Psychological Science
  • Tenurable teaching and research appointments
  • Full time or part-time work in a job share capacity is available
  • Salary range:  Level C $117,857 - $135,900 p.a. plus employer contribution to superannuation of 17%

Faculty of Science

School of Psychological Science

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The School of Psychological Science have been recognised internationally, with Psychology ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University and top 100 in the ARWU rankings. UWA has received the highest rating (5: well above world standards) for Psychology in each of the three rounds of the national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluations: an achievement matched by only one other Australian university. These rankings reflect the quality of the staff in the School, our strong undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the School’s capacity to attract substantial research grant funding to support innovative research, and the high citation rates of our publications.

The School is seeking to appoint an exceptional individual who can build capacity in Cognitive Neuroscience, whilst bringing together our diverse expertise in neuroscience techniques. School academics working in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience employ a multitude of techniques, including EEG, NIRS, and tDCS neurostimulation. We use these methods to understand the brain mechanisms that underpin a wide variety of cognitive capabilities, ranging from fundamental aspects of memory and perception to attentional control, emotion regulation, and sleep. Some of this work focusses on the neurocognitive basis of individual differences in such capabilities, and some investigates the neurocognitive basis of the changes in these capabilities across the lifespan. Such research contributes both to the development of theory and, where appropriate, to the translation of the resulting advances in knowledge and understanding of neurocognitive mechanisms into applications that deliver benefits to the community.

About the opportunity

You will have responsibility for building on the School’s research and training strengths in Cognitive Neuroscience. You will be expected to play a significant part in further developing the international research reputation of the School in the Cognitive Neuroscience domain, by attracting external research funds, establishing collaborations with researchers within and outside the School, and publishing influential papers. You will also play a key role in the development of research-led teaching in Cognitive Neuroscience, and related discipline areas, potentially including the training of evidence-based applications of advancing knowledge in this field. Teaching responsibilities will include the delivery of lectures and seminars in Cognitive Neuroscience, or cognate areas, to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and the supervision of honours and postgraduate research students.  

About you

To be considered for this position, you will hold a PhD in Psychology, preferably in an area relevant to Cognitive Neuroscience. You will possess a strong track record in Cognitive Neuroscience research with publication outputs in high quality journals, and student supervision experience. You will have a collegiate attitude and commitment to working with diverse groups both internally with university colleagues and externally with industry and government and/or advisory groups.

For information regarding the position or a confidential discussion, please contact:

Professor Simon Farrell, Co-Deputy Head of School, Psychological Science, email:

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria.  You are encouraged to supply a curriculum vitae or academic portfolio in support of your application.

Closing date: Friday, 28 February 2020

This position is open to international applicants.

Please see the position description prior to applying.

Application details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Please note short-listed applicants will be invited to attend selection activities and meetings held at The University of Western Australia over two working days at the beginning of November 2019, which will include presenting colloquia and meetings with the selection committee members and other key senior staff and stakeholders.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.

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