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Associate Lecturer/Lecturer

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Teaching and Research, Academic - Research Only / Fellowship, Academic - Sessional Teaching, Academic - All Academic positions

  • Salary Package: Associate Lecturer (Level A step 6-8) from $93,830 - $100,559 p.a., and Lecturer (Level B) from $105,992 to $125,405 p.a. plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, Fixed term up to 2 years
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

The Behavioural Neuropharmacology Laboratory and the Department of Psychology are currently seeking a suitably qualified Associate lecturer/lecturer to work on research projects directed towards understanding brain mechanisms of substance abuse disorder and related mental health issues (anxiety, psychosis).  

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Jennifer Cornish and the Behavioural Neuropharmacology Laboratory members, as well as with other faculty and researchers associated with the Departments of Psychology and Biomedical Sciences to:

  • Design, organise and conduct research experiments in behavioural neuropharmacology using preclinical models
  • Supervise honours in Psychology students and MRes candidates
  • Advise junior members of the team on experimental techniques
  • Convene and teach on Advanced Physiological Psychology unit

About You

The successful candidate will be passionate about neurobiology and behaviour, willing to work as a team to discover brain mechanism of addiction, anxiety and/or psychosis. You will be expected to take a leading role in the behavioural neuropharmacology laboratory, in collaboration with Prof Cornish. You will also be required to contribute to the Psychology Department in an administrative capacity. This role is 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% University administration.

The successful applicant will have completed a PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline and meet the criteria listed below.

About Us

The Behavioural Neuropharmacology Laboratory uses preclinical models of behaviour to determine the brain circuitry and neurochemical changes associated with chronic drug or alcohol use. We are also interested in the investigation of potential pharmacotherapies for the treatment of substance use disorder, anxiety and psychosis. We have links to industry and philanthropic parties and are interested in enhancing these networks to work towards treatments for these disorders.

The Departments of Psychology and Biomedical Science at Macquarie have an exceptional record in research, scholarship, teaching and community service and are ranked among the top institutions in the world.  Both departments have a unique hands-on approach that is renowned for the breadth and diversity of areas included in the curriculum, the range of methodologies used, a commitment to academic as well as professional programs and an emphasis on fundamental and 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 have 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 by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter (2 pages max.) addressing how you meet the selection criteria below for the academic level (either A or B) at which you are applying.

Selection Criteria:

Essential criteria for all applicants:

  • PhD in neuropharmacology, neuroscience or related research disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience with preclinical behavioural models
  • Demonstrated experience with preclinical surgeries
  • Demonstrated experience with immunofluorescent techniques
  • Evidenced statistical skills related to the discipline
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Additional criteria for Associate Lecturer (Level A) applicants:

  • Demonstrated capacity to drive research projects independently
  • Ability to collaborate in team-based research projects
  • Experience with lecturing/teaching in higher education

Additional criteria for Lecturer (Level B) applicants:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience and a capacity to drive research projects independently
  • Proven collaborative attitude towards team-based research projects
  • Demonstrated capability to deliver high-quality learning and teaching
  • Experience with research student supervision

Desirable for all applicants:

  • Demonstrated experience with viral technologies
  • Demonstrated experience with microscopy

Specific Enquiries: Prof. Jennifer Cornish, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences,

General Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah, HR Administrator at

Applications Close: Thursday 20 August 2020 at 11:55pm

Please note: This position is open to applicants currently residing in Australia with full working rights. 


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