Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology
University of Queensland School of Psychology

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology

Job No:510244

Area:Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia

School of Psychology

The School of Psychology is one of the most prestigious schools of psychology in Australia, with a strong reputation is built on excellence in both research and teaching. The School has thriving and dynamic research profiles in almost all areas of psychology and is able to attract visitors from overseas and other institutions in Australia. The School has collaborative relationships through cross-appointed staff with other schools in the University, thus creating opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

Information about the School may be accessed on the School web site at

About This Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen to work with Associate Professor Derek Arnold on his ARC grant, Novel psychophysical paradigms for examining predictive coding in vision. Human vision is shaped by predictive signals in the brain. Despite a century of speculation, we do not know how this interplay is implemented - particularly during natural viewing. This project will establish and validate new psychophysical protocols for investigating predictive coding in human vision. Experiments will involve natural viewing and eye tracking, so results will generalize to real-life. Studies will seek to clarify how predictions are formed and signalled. This could inform future developments in artificial intelligence, as that cutting edge technology continues to be informed by our understanding of predictive coding in human vision.

You involvement on this project will see you preparing research publications, discussing project objectives and methodologies, publishing in high quality outlets, participating in applications for research funding, and assisting in the supervision of Honours and HDR students. 

This position is located in the School of Psychology (see below) at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will hold (or be nearing completion of) a PhD in a relevant area, and have an emerging research profile. You will have a proven ability to program and execute vision science experiments. You should have publications in reputed referred journals, well developed interpersonal skills, and a collaborative work approach. 

The ability to program in Matlab, analyse EEG datasets (using Fieldtrip and EEGlab), and conduct spectra analyses of EEG datasets is desirable. 

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 2 years at Academic level A. The base salary will be up to $83,672 pa, plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be up to $97,844 pa.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 510244_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Derek Arnold.

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Advertised: 06 May 2020

Applications close: 05 Jun 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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