Lecturer in Social Science
University of Western Australia

Lecturer in Social Science

Job no: 515200
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science, Health and Medical Sciences, Social Sciences

School of Psychological Science

  • Research and Teaching opportunity in Organisational Psychology
  • Full-time tenurable appointment
  • Base salary range: Level B $108,509 – $128,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong 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

Established in 1930, the School of Psychological Science at UWA has consistently been at the forefront of psychological research, nurturing first-rate scientists and practitioners well-versed in the theory, research, and practice of the discipline. Our commitment to excellence is evident in our international recognition, with Psychology at UWA ranked 50th in the QS World University rankings. Moreover, in each of the last three rounds of the national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluations, Psychology at UWA has received the top rating of 5 (well above world standards). These accolades highlight the expertise of our staff, the strength of our undergraduate and postgraduate programs, our ability to secure substantial research grant funding, and the impact of our research on the academic, professional, and wider communities.

The School runs a highly sought after APAC accredited Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology course, which can be completed stand-alone or in combination with a PhD. In parallel with this course, the School also offers an internationally well-regarded Master of Business Psychology, as well as a condensed Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology. Teaching delivery modes are in-person, as well as interactive online.

The Industrial and Organisational Psychology and related disciplines in the School (e.g., Human Factors) have been highly productive in research, training and industry engagement over the last couple of years, attracting significant research funds from national competitive schemes and through industry partnerships. There is also substantial collaboration between Psychology and the Management and Organisations group within the UWA Business School, which brings critical mass to research in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and related disciplines within the University. The School and University regard business psychology as a significant, strategic growth area.

The School of Psychological Science comprises over 50 teaching and research staff who deliver a world-class research and education experience to thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students. The School is also responsible for the research training of over 120 PhD students, many of whom have been awarded PhD scholarships. The School is research intensive with internationally recognized expertise in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Human Factors, Social and Personality Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Perception, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology. The School also hosts the WA Centre for Road Safety Research, the WA Centre for Mental Health Research and the Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion. The School houses a variety of research and training facilities, including the Psychology at Work Lab focused on the application of psychology to workplace settings, and state-of-the art laboratories that include simulations of air traffic control, driving, unmanned vehicle control, and submarine control rooms. The School has an excellent track record of funding success, from national competitive schemes (e.g., Australian Research Council Discovery and Linkage Grants) and through national and international industry partnerships (e.g., Neurotrauma Research Program, Defence Science and Technology Group, The Office of Naval Research Global (U.S), The Asian Office of Aerospace and Development, Chevron Energy Technology).

About the opportunity

This position will undertake independent teaching and research in the area of Applied Psychology/ Organisational Psychology. Key responsibilities will include teaching, research, supervision and service to the School, University and discipline.

The appointee will be expected to play a significant part in further developing the international research reputation of the School, especially in Applied/Organisational Psychology and related disciplines. The role carries the expectation that the appointee will attract research funds, develop and maintain connections with industry stakeholders, and collaborate with researchers within and outside the School. The appointee will also play a key role in the development and delivery of research-led teaching and evidence-based practice in the Masters of Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Business Psychology courses. As part of this role, the appointee is expected to teach in these courses, and supervise Honours, Masters, and PhD research projects. There is also the opportunity for the appointee to supervise Industrial and Organisational Psychology student placements projects that would enhance their connections with industry.

About you 

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

Qualifications and / or certifications

  • PhD in an academic field relevant to the discipline or other higher professional qualifications appropriate to the discipline.

Teaching and learning 

  • Capacity to deliver innovative teaching approaches, assessment and materials for units and courses. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive teaching practices to extend equality of opportunity for all learners, Including online students. 


  • A demonstrable track record in excellence and integrity in research evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles published in high quality journals, relative to opportunity.  
  • A demonstrable emerging track record of successful competitive funding applications and/or sponsored research agreements, relative to opportunity.   
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful supervision or co-supervision of HDR students, relative to opportunity.    

Service/ Engagement  

  • Experience of participation in public engagements that promote research and/or education outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to staff and students at all levels and evidence of a commitment to equity and diversity principles. 
  • Demonstrated ability to positively contribute to team, school and wider University activities such as team and school meetings, strategic planning and program development.

Position specific capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability to create and deliver engaging learning content and a supportive learning environment, as well as a demonstrated commitment to the student experience.
  • Capability to supervise Honours and Masters research projects. 
  • A commitment to the embedding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander knowledge and ways of knowing into curriculum and the creation of a culturally safe space for all in both teaching and research activities.
  • Desirable: Demonstrated track record of building connections with industry, government departments and/or NGOs that lead to the generation of research and placement opportunities.
  • Desirable: Hold, or demonstrate eligibility for general registration, or area of practice endorsement in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:  Level B - Position Description - 151200.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Thursday 7th September 2023

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Romina Palermo, Head of the School of Psychological Science on + 61 (8) 6488 3256 or at romina.palermo@uwa.edu.au

This position is open to international applicants.

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

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at talent-hr@uwa.edu.au with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Advertised: 07 Aug 2023 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: 07 Sep 2023 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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