Research Assistant

Monash University
February 05, 2023
Offerd Salary:$75,115 - $101,944
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Research Assistant

Job No.: 646634

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 2-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $75,115 - $101,944 pa Level A (plus 17% employer superannuation)

  • Amplify your impact at a world top 50 University
  • Join our inclusive, collaborative community
  • Be surrounded by extraordinary ideas - and the people who discover them
  • At Monash, work feels different. There's a sense of belonging, from contributing to something groundbreaking – a place where great things happen. We make tangible contributions because our purpose is clear; to deliver positive economic, social and environmental impact in resolving the global challenges of our age.

    At the core of achieving this purpose is the diversity of our staff. We welcome and value everyone's contributions, lived experience and expertise. When you come to work, you can be yourself, be a change-maker and develop your career in exciting ways. This is why we champion an inclusive and respectful workplace culture where everyone is supported to succeed.

    Together with our commitment to academic freedom, you will have access to quality research facilities, infrastructure, world class teaching spaces, and international collaboration opportunities.

    Learn more about Monash.

    The Opportunity

    The Faculty of Information Technology has an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join the Department of Software, Systems and Cybersecurity. This position will work on a Discovery Project funded by Defence, NISDRG; the ‘Enhanced Disinformation Detection' project. This project aims to apply a novel interdisciplinary approach, drawing especially from psychological theory and methods, to learn more about how disinformation can be systematically identified, and how to categorise the clusters of disinformation that are more likely to be believed and spread. The project expects to build upon evidenced-based knowledge on how to detect and counter disinformation in Australia.

    In this role, you will be expected to:

  • Carry out a systematic literature review
  • Carry out a theoretical and atheoretical content analysis (including identifying content and linguistic/deception cues)
  • Create and run experimental studies to examine individual differences, believability, and propagation of mis/disinformation
  • Work with computer science researchers on the team who will lead research on social networking analysis and NLP (noting you will not be required to have expertise in these methods)
  • Carry out other research relevant to the project
  • Write up and disseminate findings in reports and academic papers
  • Organise dissemination events (e.g., workshops)
  • The successful applicant will need to have a PhD and/or progress towards a PhD in psychology. They have the opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. You will need to have a psychology background, with a good understanding of psychological theories (e.g., personality theories, social identity theory and theories of persuasion) and be confident and capable of employing psychological methods – qualitative and quantitative. Whilst you will not be required to have a background in mis/disinformation research, it will be important that you have an interest in this area and a deep knowledge of relevant psychological theories.

    If this sounds like a position that suits your current career focus we look forward to hearing from you.

    Diversity is one of our greatest strengths at Monash. We encourage applications from First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, and people of all genders, sexualities, and age groups.

  • Join the pursuit of our purpose to build a better future for ourselves and our communities – #ChangeIt with us.
  • Monash avidly supports flexible and hybrid working arrangements. We have a range of policies in place enabling staff to combine work and personal commitments more easily.

    This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

    Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".


    Professor Monica Whitty, Head of the Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity, +61 3 9905 3998

    Position Description

    Research Assistant

    Closing Date

    Sunday 5 February 2023, 11:55 pm AEDT

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