Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Cognitive Neuroscience

Macquarie University


October 16, 2022



We are seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral research fellow to work with us on projects investigating the neural basis of attention, focusing specifically on sustained attention under monitoring conditions.


  • Salary: From $97,620 - 104,622 per annum (Level A, step 6 for PhD qualification), pro-rata for part time, plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment type: Full-time or part-time, 2-year fixed term position
  • Location: Macquarie University (Wallumattagal Campus, North Ryde)
  • About the Role

    We have been awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant which combines rigorous experimental design with innovative analysis methods to explore both the neural basis of attention and the potential for multivariate pattern analysis (‘decoding') methods to be used for neural feedback to enhance attentional performance. We use Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) combined with behavioural tasks.

    The successful candidate will work collaboratively within the context of a research team spanning three countries: Macquarie University (Australia; Anina Rich), Cambridge University (UK; Alex Woolgar) and the University of Utah (USA; David Strayer). With international collaboration and mentoring, scope to contribute to all aspects of the research, opportunities for student supervision (PhD and Masters) and outreach activities, this position is an excellent career development opportunity for an outstanding early career researcher.

    We are open to considering part-time or job-share arrangements, and have a strong track record of successful mentoring of early career researchers.

    About You

    You will have, or be close to obtaining a PhD Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a related field. You may have already conducted research in neuroimaging/neurophysiological measures (fMRI, MEG &/or EEG) and have a passion for the neural basis of attention and cognitive control. Your skillset includes competence in programming (for example, in Matlab or similar) that will set you up for conducting multivariate analyses of neural data. We can't wait to meet you!

    About Us

    The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences is ambitiously pushing the boundaries of progressive thinking and challenging what's possible to solve some of the big issues of our time, both nationally and on a global scale. The Faculty hosts the Perception in Action Research Centre (PARC) as well as the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training (CEPET), which provide vibrant intellectual environments for fundamental and more applied research.

    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 and attach your resume and a separate cover letter that outlines how you meet to the selection criteria below.

    Selection criteria

  • Have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a related field
  • Research experience or interest in human neuroimaging/neurophysiological measures (fMRI, MEG &/or EEG)
  • Interest in the neural basis of attention and cognitive control
  • Interest in advanced computational and/or statistical analysis (e.g., multivariate analyses)
  • Peer-reviewed publications in well-regarded journals (relative to opportunity)
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a research team.
  • Competence in programming (e.g., MATLAB)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and research management skills
  • Desirable

  • Mentorship roles or an interest in research student supervision
  • Interest in open science & research integrity principles
  • Interest in equity and diversity in science
  • Note: This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment, and vaccinations in line with Macquarie University health requirements. You may also have to satisfy Macquarie University that you meet all background checks (including criminal record and qualification checks).

    Specific Role Enquiries: Professor (CORE) Anina Rich, School of Psychological Science at

    General Recruitment Enquiries: Nithya Elango, HR Assistant, at

    Applications Close: 16th October 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    16/10/2022 11:59 PM

    Equity & Diversity Statement

    At Macquarie University, we are committed to providing a working environment where each individual is valued, respected and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure culture, policies and processes are truly inclusive and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTIQA+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares Macquarie University's values of scholarship, empowerment and integrity to apply.

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    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia....