Research Associate in Human Factors
University of Western Australia

Research Associate in Human Factors

Job no: 504103
Work type: full-time
Location: Perth CBD
Categories: Science

  • Full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years
  • Work on an exciting project funded by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) group
  • Salary range: Level A $85,902 - $95,464 p.a. subject to qualifications and experience
  • Competitive remuneration which includes 17% superannuation

Faculty of Science

School of Psychological Science

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About Perth      
Perth is a beautiful city of approximately 2 million residents, situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Complete with picturesque beaches, parks, and a Mediterranean climate featuring a thriving restaurant and café scene, the city is a stone’s throw from the world acclaimed Margaret River region. The UWA campus is nestled against the beautiful Swan river foreshore, not far from the city centre.

About the team               
The Human Factors group in the School of Psychological Science have been highly productive in terms of research and industry engagement. Since 2015, the Human Factors group have been awarded around $7 million in funding secured from national competitive schemes (e.g. Australian Research Council) and from industries such as Defence and Aviation.  Our Human Factors staff have significant international reputations, serving as Associate Editors of Human Factors and of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and publishing work in premier scholarly journals (e.g., Psychological Review, JEP: Applied; JEP: General; Human Factors; Accident Analysis and Prevention).The Human Factors laboratories in the School have air traffic control, unmanned vehicle control, submarine control room, and driving simulators.

About the opportunity  
In this role you will work on a research project funded by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) group which aims to better understand how changes to the design and configuration of submarine control room displays and imagery, and the design of technology such as task automation, influence operator situation awareness, workload, teamwork and team performance outcomes.

To be considered for this role you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD (or near completion) in human factors (ergonomics), experimental psychology, cognitive psychology or a closely related discipline
  • A record of success in publishing high quality papers, relative to opportunity
  • Knowledge / research experience of human factors topics

About you          
To be successful in this role you will be an enthusiastic researcher with experience relevant to the position. You will be highly organised with excellent written and verbal communication skills, as you will expected to produce high quality academic papers and present your research findings at conferences. You must be able to use your own initiative whilst also being able to work effectively as part of team. You will be comfortable and confident approaching and liaising with industry partners to build relationships.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. 

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File Position Description - Research Associate in Human Factors.pdf

Closing date: Sunday, 1 March 2020

This position is only open to applicants with Australian citizenship as per the employment eligibility of the Defence Science and Technology Group. For more information about this requirement, please visit:

Please note that you will not be required to complete a medical or psychometric tests.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).


Advertised: 07 Feb 2020 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: 01 Mar 2020 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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