We are hiring!

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Computational or Mathematical Psychology

Role type: Full time; Continuing
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences


Classification is either Level B, Level C or Level D depending on experience and qualifications. Here is an explanation of academic levels in Australia; in a nutshell, B/C are assistant professor equivalent(ish), and D is associate professor. All are tenure-track (approximately; tenure is not really a thing here in the same way as in the US; the point is that these are continuing and not adjunct positions). We encourage applicants at all levels and seek the best people for their career stage (i.e., we will evaluate Level B against other Level B, not against Level D, so please do apply even if you are early in your career!)

  • Level B - $110,236 - $130,900AUD p.a. plus 17% superannuation
  • Level C - $135,032- $155,698AUD p.a. plus 17% superannuation
  • Level D - $162,590 - $179,123AUD p.a. plus 17% superannuation

About the Role

We are seeking an outstanding researcher with expertise in computational or mathematical psychology to join the Complex Human Data Hub and contribute to the school’s research and teaching program. The CHDH has areas of strength in memory, perception, categorization, decision-making, language, cultural evolution, and social network analysis. We welcome applicants from all areas of mathematical psychology, computational cognitive science, computational behavioural science and computational social science and are especially interested in applicants who can build upon or complement our existing strengths.  We particularly encourage applicants whose theoretical approaches and methodologies connect with social network processes and/or culture and cognition, or whose work links individual psychological processes to broader societal processes. We especially encourage women and other minorities to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in research independently and as a member of the Complex Human Data Hub
  • Producing quality conference and seminar papers and publications
  • Teaching in the School’s undergraduate, fourth-year and/or graduate psychology programs
  • Participating in activities that strengthen the links between the University and the community and which help in the dissemination and utilisation of psychological knowledge.

About you

You will be an ethical scholar who values diversity and works effectively with individual differences with strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) and work collaboratively. You will have a willingness and ability to contribute to the activities of the School through administration, engagement, and service to the discipline.

You will also have:

  • PhD or equivalent research higher degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science or a cognate discipline
  • Evidence of significant contribution to independent and team based research in mathematical psychology or computational cognitive/social science
  • Familiarity with cutting edge advances and/or current sophisticated methods in mathematical psychology or computational cognitive/social science
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining research funding appropriate to your academic level
  • Strong, independent and original publication record in high-impact peer-reviewed journals

About us

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is one of the leading schools of Psychology in Australia, with active research programs in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Science, Cognitive and Mathematical Psychology, and Social and Personality Psychology. The School has recently established research hubs in Complex Human Data, Decision Science, Ethics and Well-being, and Brain and Mental Health and has also developed major initiatives in behaviour change (Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change) and contemplative studies (Centre for Contemplative Studies). We have a large undergraduate teaching program and diverse postgraduate research and professional training programs.

To Apply

Further information about the position (including the link to apply) can be found here. The closing date is 2 February 2023 at 11:55pm AUS Eastern Daylight Time (which is 1 February in part of the world so be careful!) and applications can be submitted any time until then.

You do not need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to apply, and interviews will be conducted online in February and/or early March so do not let travel concerns dissuade you from submitting an application.

Note for non-Australian applicants: as with most applications for Australian universities, you are not expected to include separate research and teaching statements, but are expected to address the selection criteria specifically. Here is a resource describing more about how to do that, but essentially this is similar information as you would provide in those statements, but packaged to address each of the criteria where appropriate.

Applications must be submitted online at the application link, but if you have questions feel free to direct them to Andrew (Andy) Perfors, Director of the CHDH, at andrew.perfors@unimelb.edu.au.