Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Human Factors: Adapting Automation (BB-AC29A)
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School of Psychological Science
Make an impact conducting experimental human factors research examining how to design automated decision aids to be used accurately by humans in simulations of complex work settings such as air traffic control and unmanned vehicle control. Full time and fixed term 3 years appointment Salary range: Level A $72,780 - $97,946 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17% (successful applicant with a PhD qualification will not receive less than $97,946 p.a.)
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 Human Factors group in the School of Psychological Science have been highly productive in terms of research and industry engagement. Since 2015, the Human Factors group have been awarded over $7.5 million in funding secured from national competitive schemes (e.g. Australian Research Council) and from industry. Our Human Factors staff have significant international reputations, serving as Associate Editors of Human Factors and of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and publishing work in premier scholarly journals (e.g., Psychological Review, JEP: Applied; JEP: General; Human Factors; Accident Analysis and Prevention). The Human Factors laboratories in the School have air traffic control, unmanned vehicle control, submarine control room, and driving simulators.
About the opportunity
Reporting to Professor Shayne Loft, Future Fellow and Chief Investigator for this ARC Future Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to undertake collaborative experimental research on the “Adapting Automation Transparency to Allow Accurate Use by Human Operators” project, focused on conducting the research required to discover how to design automated decision aids to be used accurately by humans.
You will contribute to formulating research questions and experimental designs, developing participant training materials, coordinating data collection/analysis, presenting findings at national and international conferences, and participating in report writing and journal publication.
In this position, a major focus of the position will be to produce quality scholarly academic publications so that the appointee can increase their competitiveness for future continuing academic positions.
To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
Relevant PhD qualification (or relatively soon to complete a PhD) in psychology or a related field Record of success in publishing research papers (relative to opportunity) Excellent verbal and written communication skills including demonstrated ability to prepare manuscripts for publication, and to communicate technical material to a broad audience Knowledge, or the desire to learn about, Human Factors topics such as Human Automation-Teaming, Situation Awareness, Workload, Attention, Multi-tasking, Expertise, Decision-Making Strong statistical analysis skills Highly developed organisational skills with the demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines Experience in, or a willingness to learn, human eye tracking techniques Sound computer programming and other computer technical skills
This position is located at our UWA Crawley campus, Nedlands in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is a beautiful city of approximately 2 million residents, situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Complete with picturesque beaches, parks, and a Mediterranean climate featuring a thriving restaurant and café scene, the city is a stone’s throw from the world acclaimed Margaret River region. The UWA campus is nestled against the beautiful Swan river foreshore, not far from the city centre.
Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to submit curriculum vitae and a document clearly addressing the selection criteria to demonstrate that you meet the criteria.
Please see the position description prior to applying: PD - Research Associate Adapting Automation
Closing date: Tuesday, 6 April 2021
This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.
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 Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019). UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.
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