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About the Role
The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Brain Sciences research program at Western Sydney University.
This two year Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is funded by an ARC Discovery grant, “Investigating the characteristics of older adults' conversation behaviour” awarded to Chief Investigators (CIs) Professor Chris Davis and Professor Jeesun Kim at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, in collaboration with Partner Investigators (PI) Emeritus Professor Valerie Hazan at University College London.
This project will investigate the production and perception of naturalistic conversations by young and older adults. In particular, the interest is in probing individualised semantic processing. The aim of the project is to understand factors that affect the engagement of older adults in conversations.
In this role you will work with the team to develop, pilot, and apply new methods for probing individual-specific semantic processing and on the collection of sensory, perceptual, cognitive and electrophysiological (EEG) data. You will also implement procedures for analysing the data. The successful applicant will work closely with the above investigators and the rest of the research team, conducting studies and participating in supervising and/or training PhD students, Research Assistants, Honours students, and interns enlisted into the project.
For further information about the role please refer to the attached Position Description.
This is a full time, 2 year fixed term contract. Located in the new Westmead Innovation Quarter (WIQ) – a visionary research, health, education and business hub located in the Westmead Health Precinct.
The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is an interdisciplinary research institute of Western Sydney. The vision for the Institute is to optimise human interaction and wellbeing across the lifespan. To strive to solve the problems that matter most through the themes: sensing and perceiving, interacting with each other, and technologies for humans. Researchers in MARCS come from many disciplines including cognitive science, developmental psychology, language science, music science, cognitive neuroscience, and biomedical, electrical, electronic and software engineering.
Further information is available from our website - http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/marcs
You will hold a relevant doctoral qualification, or substantial progress toward a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational linguistics or a related discipline. You must have experience in conducting neuroimaging and behavioural experiments.
Western Sydney University highly values equity and inclusiveness. We have a proud history of doing so and consider this an important part of our social and civic responsibilities as a University. We strive to contribute to tackling inequalities and promoting wellbeing within our own institution, the Greater Western Sydney region, nationally and internationally.
Academic Level A: $103,304 to $124,808 p.a. (comprising Salary of $87,293 to $105,464 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)
Academic Level B: $131,136 to $154,738 p.a. (comprising Salary of $110,811 to $130,846 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)
Position Enquiries: Please contact Professor Chris Davis via email at email@example.com
Closing Date: 8:30pm AEDT, Sunday, 12 February 2023
Immigration Sponsorship: Employer Visa sponsorship will be provided if required.
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Western Sydney University is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ, and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.