Postdoctoral Research Fellow Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Australia

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Job no: 504578
Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship, Education/Training


  • Salary Package: Level A Step 6, base salary from $90,188 p.a. (Step 6 minimum salary for a PhD) up to Level B Step 2 $105,613 p.a. (dependent on experience) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type:  3 year Full-time, Fixed term
  •  Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role


Macquarie University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to assist in setting up a new research group focused on children’s numeracy and cognition.


The research program in which the successful applicant would be involved focuses on early numeracy, numeracy acquisition, assessment and intervention, classroom interactions and pedagogy, and the overlap to domain-general development, particularly working memory and executive functioning. As the postdoctoral research fellow, you would be expected to support faculty members in the establishment of the research team, support new and ongoing research efforts, and seek collaboration and funding opportunities to establish your own research stream aligned with the thematic priorities of the research group. This position is not associated with a specific project, allowing you more flexibility to continue to develop your own research interests within an incredibly supportive environment. The applicant should be available to take up the position anytime between July to December 2019.

About You

You will have completed a PhD within a discipline that is relevant to the area of child development and learning, and will have embarked on successfully undertaking high-quality research in areas such as numeracy, cognitive development, or other aspects of child learning and development. The position would appeal to individuals interested in any aspect of numeracy and cognition; this could include child development and learning, classroom practice, experimental psychology, or neuroscience. Ideally you would have some experience of leading teams of junior staff (e.g., research assistants, postgraduates, and undergraduates). Your collaborative approach to working with others will ensure you perform effectively within an inter-disciplinary and international environment. If you are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature and are flexible and resilient in your approach, then this is a role you will thrive in.

About Us

The Department of Educational Studies is a department that aspires to be a leader in education across the life-span. Our mission is to be a global leader in education and an institution of service and engagement which delivers a transformative learning experience and impactful research. We are committed to maximising opportunities for children, families, schools and communities through research, teaching, learning and advocacy.


The Faculty of Human Sciences hosts a unique combination of disciplines connected by the common purpose of building an understanding of what it means to be human. Our Departments of Cognitive Science, Educational Studies, Linguistics and Psychology offer innovative and interdisciplinary teaching programs, and have research strengths in learning, behaviour, mind and language. We aspire to develop a deeper understanding of the human experience and deliver graduates with highly developed professional and personal skills. These aspirations underpin our mission to transform understanding and change lives through distinctive educational programs, world leading research in human development, cognition and communication, and exceptional community engagement and service delivered through our clinics, demonstration schools and partnerships.  Click here to find out more about the Faculty of Human Sciences.


Our onsite clinics for speech and hearing, psychology, reading and emotional health are housed in the Australian Hearing Hub, which brings together some of the country’s best researchers, educators and service providers from industry, government and academia. The Australian Hearing Hub and Macquarie Campus boast state-of-the art neuroimaging facilities including MEG, fMRI, fNIRS, and TMS as well as opportunities to build collaborative networks with specialists within Macquarie University Hospital, also on campus.


Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria.


  • A PhD in Psychology, Education, Early Childhood or a related field awarded by the time of taking up the appointment
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and analysis.
  • Experience in supervising/ mentoring junior research staff
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Interest in cross-disciplinary research, combining perspectives from education, cognitive science, and psychology.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to conduct research independently
  • Demonstrated ability to write scientific papers
  • Experience in paediatric neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI) and relevant imaging analyses skill sets (e.g. SPM, BrainVoyager) would be preferred but is not essential.

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Rebecca Bull, Professor of Numeracy, at

General Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah, HR Administrator at

Applications Close: Saturday April 6th 2019 at 11:55pm EST

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