Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology
Macquarie University Department of Psychology

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Research Assistant, Academic - Teaching and Research, Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

  • Salary Package: From $93,830 - $100,559 (Level A step 6-8) p.a., plus 13.25% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, Fixed term for up to 12 months (with possible extension)
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to manage a range of projects focused on prevention and treatment of mental disorders and dementia in older adults as part of an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellowship awarded to Professor Viviana Wuthrich. Projects include screening for mental disorders and risk factors for dementia in primary care settings, developing and evaluating interventions to prevent and treat mental disorders and dementia risk, and investigating underlying causes of mental disorders and dementia in older adults. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for managing large datasets, liaising with partner organisations, clinicians and consumers, including running focus groups. The postdoctoral research will also have the opportunity to lead side projects and supervise students relevant to the overarching projects, as well as collaborate on other projects run in the Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing.

About You

You will have completed a PhD in psychology or related discipline. You will be an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.  You will also have strong research skills preferably in the mental health field and a capacity to coordinate complex projects. Applicants with research interests in mental health, risk reduction for dementia, early intervention, biopsychosocial assessment, data linkage, and interdisciplinary research will thrive in this position and are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Us

The Department of Psychology at Macquarie University offers accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Psychology to satisfy the requirements for registration as a psychologist. It is a research-intensive department that is home to the Centre for Emotional Health, and the Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing, and other highly productive research groups and laboratories, with a state-of-the-art simulation precinct. The Macquarie University Psychology Clinic, the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic, and e-Centre Clinic offer specialised psychological services to the general community. The department is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences.

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To Apply

To be considered, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate (2-page) letter that demonstrates how you meet the selection criteria below.


  • A PhD in Psychology, education, or related disciplines
  • Proven experience in co-ordinating and contributing to research projects
  • A strong record of contributions to peer reviewed publications and history of research excellence, relative to experience and opportunity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team


  • Knowledge and experience of mental health assessment and mental health services
  • Knowledge and experience of assessment and interventions for reducing risk for dementia
  • Experience with psychometric development and related statistical methods
  • Experience working with older adults

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Viviana Wuthrich, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at

General Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah, HR Administrator at

Applications Close: Friday 15 January 2021 at 11:55pm

Given current Australian Government COVID-19 border restrictions applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.

Advertised: 08 Dec 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 15 Jan 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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