We're hiring!

March 13, 2018

The Science of Innovation Lab (SIL) @UNSW is looking for some new people to join our teams - we are a unique mix of research lab, agency, startup incubator and educator!  


About us:

SIL puts a unique, antidisciplinary spin on traditional academics. Blending together the disparate fields of neuroscience, business, psychology, advertising, design, engineering and new technologies, the lab is committed to looking beyond the obvious to ask the questions not yet asked–questions whose answers could radically improve the way people live, learn, play and innovate.


The lab works to create disruptive discoveries, services and technologies that happen at the edges, pioneering such areas as psych-engineering, gamified cognitive and perceptual testing, objective lab-based tests for intuition and the imagination.


We are building the field of innovation science, intersecting the study of Innovation with Psychology and Neuroscience (the fundamentals controlling human behaviour), with its practice, and translating evidence-based insights into practical recommendations for students, entrepreneurs, corporations and policymakers at UNSW and around the world.


We are interested in any qualities, skills processes surrounding innovation eg.  creativity, resilience, intuition, leadership etc.


Our unique approach combines the best from academia and business to enable and encourage deep collaboration across all groups leading to fast and creative progress. This drives and accelerates our ambitious research program and application, yielding innovative breakthroughs at the forefront of all we do.


About you: You have either a background in Psychology or Neuroscience with at least one other area of work or interest (e.g. Business, Start ups, Art….) as well as:

  • Experience designing research experiments e.g. testing the relationship between independent and dependent variables.

  • A general knowledge about Psychology and or Neuroscience.

  • An ability to work non-linearly in agile environments e.g. sprints etc.

  • Experience personally conducting some kind of Psychology and or Neuroscience research with humans.

  • Comfortability in different work environments eg. university and agency.

  • Demonstrable experience turning your insights into tangible products other designed outcomes.

  • Comfortability in a self-directed culture and navigating ambiguity.

  • The ability to give presentations and conduct workshops to a range of audiences


Once here you will:

Lead research projects

Help create the role and projects for you

Engage with new business clients and lead stakeholder management

Collaboratively create research projects with industry

Apply your Psychology and or Neuroscience knowledge to novel real work problems

Create research plans and tools that are unique to client needs and constraints of projects

Create new ways of making an impact in the world beyond research and publications

Spin off start-ups if appropriate


Applicants should send their CV and a short intro statement to joel@pearsonlab dot org

Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and other variables.


More information about the lab can be found at: 



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