Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Academic - Research Only / Fellowship)



The Role

The Centre for Elite Performance and Training (CEPET) and the Department of Psychology is currently seeking a suitable qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a multidisciplinary team working on an ARC Future Fellowship research project directed towards developing interactive artificial agents for robust, multiagent human-machine interaction and virtual-reality training systems. The project outcomes will be applicable across a range of research, sport, military, and industrial related settings, and thus will have social and economic benefits and strengthen Australia’s international standing in human-machine interaction research and development.

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Michael Richardson, as well as other faculty and researchers associated with CEPET, the Macquarie University Simulation Hub, and Departments of Psychology and Cognitive Science to:

  • Design and conduct research experiments exploring and modelling the dynamics of cooperative and competitive human, multiagent task performance.
  • Evaluate the ability of different computational, dynamical, and deep reinforcement and machine-learning based methods for developing interactive artificial agents.
  • Contribute to the development (virtual) artificial agents capable of human level performance within multiagent task contexts.

About You

By the time of employment, you will have completed a PhD in Cognitive Science, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or multiagent systems or human-machine systems related field. You are expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills, and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team and liaising with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

About Us

The position is associated with the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University and the University’s Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Trainin g (CEPET), Simulation Hub and Department of Psychology .

The Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University hosts a unique combination of disciplines connected by the common purpose of building an understanding of what it means to be human. Our departments of Educational Studies, Psychology, Cognitive Science and Linguistics offer innovative and interdisciplinary teaching programs and research strengths in learning, behavior, mind and language. The

The Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET) at Macquarie University conducts multidisciplinary research designed to address three core problems in the study of elite performance and expertise: understanding its acquisition , its maintenance , and its loss . CEPET comprises researchers from the Departments of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Computing, Engineering, and Anthropology, with research funding from the ARC, industry partners, and a wide array of other Cooperative Research Centres.

The Macquarie University Simulation Hub is a cross-university facility that draws together a range of simulation devices into one location, enabling leading experts from the University and the industry to collaborate on translational research across a wide-range of disciplines. The Simulation-Hub is first and only facility of its type in the world that provides researchers with the opportunity to conduct simulation and virtual-reality based research on human and multiagent performance, from driving to flying, music to sports, all in one place.

The Department of Psychology at Macquarie has an exceptional record in research, scholarship, teaching and community service and is ranked among the top institutions in the world. Our department has a unique hands-on approach and 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.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV, a relevant or representative peer-review publication, and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • PhD in Cognitive Science, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or multiagent systems or human-machine systems related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings publications.
  • Academic knowledge of research on human and/or human-machine multiagent systems.
  • Experience with the relevant programming tools used to develop applications of machine learning, reinforcement learning, and neural network architectures.
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • The ability to contribute to administrative research related tasks, assist with research assistant supervision, and a commitment to diversity in the workplace.


  • Human subjects research experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of computational and/or dynamical systems approaches to modelling human behaviour.
  • Experience using virtual-reality hardware and software, including programming and building virtual-environments using Unity3D
  • Experience with the collection and analysis of motion-tracking and eye-tracking data.

Specific Enquiries: Prof. Michael Richardson, Centre for Elite Performance Training and Expertise and Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Sciences,

General Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah, HR Administrator,

Applications Close : Tuesday, 26th February 2019 at 11:55pm

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