Research Associate, Social Psychology job with UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA


School of Psychological Science

  • An opportunity to join an exciting international and interdisciplinary research project as a post-doctoral researcher in social psychology, based in the School of Psychological Science at UWA in Perth, Western Australia.
  • Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 3 years
  • Salary range: Level A $72,780 – $97,946 plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The School of Psychological Science is responsible for the research training of over 130 PhD students, many of whom have been awarded PhD scholarships. The School is research intensive with internationally recognized expertise in Human Factors, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Perception, Cognition, Developmental Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology.

About the opportunity

You will undertake collaborative research as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded project “Remaking One Health: Decolonial approaches to street dogs and rabies prevention in India” (ROH-Indies). This interdisciplinary project investigates why rabies persists as a public health problem in India, building on research that suggests that the answer might lie in insufficient understanding of everyday people-dog relations.

It combines social psychology with human geography, history, and behavioural ecology to study the socio-cultural and environmental factors that structure people-dog interactions, dog ecology, and rabies prevention efforts in urban and rural India. It seeks to generate insights for making One Health initiatives more effective and ethical and will partner with public health practitioners to develop rabies prevention interventions that are socio-culturally appropriate (for more, see

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in social psychology or related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to prepare reports for publication, and to communicate complex material to a broad audience
  • Strong research and publication profile relative to opportunity
  • Demonstrated capacity to work both independently and collaboratively, and to build effective and positive working relationships with others, both within and outside your (sub)discipline
  • Competence in using experimental/survey software (e.g., Qualtrics), statistical tools (e.g. SPSS, Jamovi or R), and online testing platforms (e.g., Amazon Mechanical Turk / Prolific)

Please note: this role will involve some fieldwork in India

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

The content of your Resume and detailed Cover Letter should clearly demonstrate how you meet the (essential and desirable) selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM Monday, 11 July 2022

This position is open to both Australian and international applicants.

For informal enquiries regarding the position, please contact Dr Tim Kurz

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered. 
  • UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021). 
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.

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