Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology
Australian Catholic University

  • Fixed term, full time position to December 2022
  • Based at the Melbourne campus in the Health Brain and Mind Research Centre
  • Key academic role within a high-quality research team at ACU

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Rome. We've also partnered with Blacktown City Council to open a new ACU campus in Blacktown, Western Sydney, in 2021.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre aims to advance knowledge critical to improving mental health, performance and well-being (see our new webpage in progress:

Mental health and developmental disorders have significant negative impacts upon the mortality and social participation of the most vulnerable members of the community and are among the most urgent global challenges of the 21st century.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will join a high-quality research team, building capacity in the area of neuroscience of addiction and mental health as the primary outcome of a series of studies of the Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program. This program aims to map the clinical, cognitive and brain mechanisms of addiction, substance use behaviours, and related mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders). Addiction is highly prevalent and is the largest preventable contributor to burden of disease in the general community. We aim to map the factors that influence vulnerability, exacerbate harms and determine paths to recovery in addiction and related mental health disorders. To achieve our aims, we use next-generation multimodal brain imaging tools, carefully-controlled experimental designs and evidence-based behavioural and pharmacological interventions. Our research also capitalises on established connections with unique and prestigious longitudinal global consortia and big data initiatives. The longer-term vision of this program is to identify targets for prevention and treatment of addiction and related harms.

More specifically, you will:

  • assist in the development of the new the research Program Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health
  • assist in the conduct, development and completion of newly funded neuroscientific multimodal neuroimaging projects on addiction and mental health
  • develop an academic research profile in the areas of Neuroimaging,  Addiction and Mental Health, including identifying sources of funding and applying for grants and fellowships
  • supervise students who work on the above-mentioned studies.

You will need to have:

  • a PhD or near completion in a relevant area (cognitive neurosciences, psychology or related discipline)
  • be a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a strong interest in the areas of neuroscience, addiction and mental health, with an outstanding ability to constructively collaborate with and support fellow team members
  • evidence of ability to show commitment with integrity to the Catholic Identity, Mission and ethos of the University
  • a strong and relevant research track record, evidenced by publications in refereed international neuroscientific journals, and by expertise in advanced multimodal neuroimaging methods and techniques (e.g. diffusion-weighed, volumetry/thickness and functional MRI.

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply:

Obtain the Position Description Download File Position_Description_Postdoc.pdf. Applicants are expected to address all selection criteria listed in the position description. To apply for this role click the "Apply" link below. Visit Hints and Tips on how to apply.

Total remuneration valued to $121,160 - $142,905pa, including salary component $102,382 - $120,880pa (Academic Level B) employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General enquiries can be sent to Dr Valentina Lorenzetti, Senior Lecturer via email on and via phone on 03 9230 8088.

Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.

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Applications Close: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 11:55pm EST

ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.


Advertised: 27 Jul 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 12 Aug 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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