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Oct 16, 2023

Two post-doc positions at the Newcastle Cognition Lab, University of Newcastle, Australia

Two post-doc positions at the Newcastle Cognition Lab, University of Newcastle, Australia 

The Newcastle Cognition Lab, at the University of Newcastle, Australia, has two post-doctoral research positions to start in late 2023, or until filled. Each position is an 18-month appointment, with potential extensions pending funding (and performance). 

The successful candidates will have strong backgrounds in cognitive or mathematical psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields. They may work as a team and are expected to have skills in experimental psychology techniques and/or cognitive/computational modelling techniques.  We expect to recruit one post doc with strong experimental background, and another with strong modelling background. In your application, please indicate which role you’re most interested in.

The project:
This is a‘cyber psychology’ project, at the intersection of cyber security and cognitive psychology. It is a multi-disciplinary project with partners from the UK and USA, who bring expertise in the cyber domain. You do not need to be a cyber expert. The project is deliverables-driven, and so it will be important to work to a timeline that matches the rest of the large team. 

The research environment: You will work with Scott Brown, Ami Eidels, and Guy Hawkins from the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Newcastle. The School  was ranked 5/5 in both Psychology and Cognitive Science at the last Australian ERA exercise, ‘well above world standard’,  and has a long and rich tradition in Mathematical Psychology. The University of Newcastle is ranked among the world’s  Top 200 Universities (2023 QS World University Rankings) and is ranked #1 in Australia for industry collaboration. The city of Newcastle offers pristine beaches and a breathtaking coastline, a pleasant climate, and many  cafes, restaurants and bars.
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Benefits: These are full-time research positions with full benefits.  The expected salaries will start at academic level A6, which pays $95,918p.a. at the moment, increasing to $99,755p.a. from 01/03/2024, plus 17% superannuation benefits, and leave entitlements. 

To Apply: To be considered for this position, please apply via email. Submit your CV including three references, publication list along with a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (2 pages max.). We also request a one-page summary of your top-3 publications explaining (a) why these publications were important, and (b) what was your part in these publications. Applications will be evaluated beginning November 15, 2023, and evaluation will continue until the positions are filled. Scott and Ami will attend Psychonomics 2023 in San Fransisco and will be available to meet and discuss this opportunity with interested candidates.   

Selection Criteria: 
  • PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Mathematical Psychology, Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics, or a closely related field. 
  • Demonstrated experience in Cognitive Modelling / Computational Modelling more broadly and/or demonstrated experience in designing and delivering behavioural experiments.  
  • Demonstrated experience with coding and statistical software (R, Matlab, and alike). 
  • Excellent research track record evidenced by publications in top-tier journals & conferences. 
  • High-level oral and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated excellent work ethic. 

  • Experience with web-based development, for databases and experiments (eg,  JavaScript) 
  • Experience in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, or Data Science research. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary collaborative team.