Post-doc in Cognition, Learning and Education, University of Sydney




REFERENCE NO. 437/0215

  • Investigate learning and transfer of novel concepts and categories in artificial domains and real-world educational materials
  • High level of quantitative skills and knowledge in advanced statistical analysis techniques
  • Full-time fixed term two years, remuneration package: $98K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first University with an outstanding reputation for academic and research excellence. The School of Psychology is Australia’s oldest psychology department with a proud history of research achievement. For more information about the school please visit:

One position is now available for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to investigate learning and transfer of novel concepts using both artificial domains and real-world educational materials as part of a scientific team based within the School of Psychology and the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Duties include (but not limited to) the design and implementation of studies into concept learning and knowledge transfer; and communicating results to the broader international scientific community.

You should ideally have demonstrated experience in conducting experimental research on human learning and have recently completed a PhD in psychology, learning sciences or related field of academic inquest. Applicants who are expected to be awarded their PhD degree within the next five months are also encouraged to apply.

You will join a team primarily consisting of Dr. Micah Goldwater, Dr. Evan Livesey, and Prof. Michael Jacobson and have the opportunity to conduct research in a vibrant academic environment of talented psychologists and learning scientists based at the University of Sydney and other institutions around broader Sydney.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as well as knowledge and experience in advanced statistical techniques, such as hierarchical regression models or Bayesian analyses. Desired skills include: computer programming experience in languages such as R, Matlab, Python, Javascript, and/or agent-based programming language NetLogo, and experience with both laboratory and classroom research into higher-level cognition, associative learning, and/or Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education.

The position is full-time fixed term initially for 24 months subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. An additional 12 months may be available subject to performance, needs and funding. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position. Please note that resumes need to include a list of publications and contact details of at least three referees. Applicants should also attach a research statement.

Remuneration package: $98,053 p.a. (which includes a base salary of $82,856 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

Specific enquiries about the position can be directed to Dr Micah Goldwater on 02 9351 5453. General enquiries can be directed to Ugo De Gori on 02 8627 1234.

CLOSING DATE: 23 March 2015 (11.30pm Sydney time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.



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