Research Assistant in Contemplative Studies

University of Melbourne
February 14, 2024
Offerd Salary:$80,258 – $108,906
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Contract Type:Fixed Term for 24 mo
Working Time:Full time
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Research Assistant in Contemplative Studies

Job no: 0057707 Location: Parkville Role type: Part-time (0.8 FTE) or Full-time Fixed Term for 24 months Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences School: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Salary: Level A $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super

  • Contribute to groundbreaking research, including a meditation trial and longitudinal study, shaping mental health and meditation science.
  • About the Role The Contemplative Studies Centre (CSC) within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences has two flagship research projects. The first includes a randomized controlled trial of varying meditation doses for mental health and well-being, as well as exploring how people use meditation apps, and the second is a longitudinal study of individuals' experiences of progress in meditation practices. The Research Assistant will contribute to both these projects, which will include collaborating with representatives from meditation traditions to establish markers of meditative progress whilst contributing to the expansion of contemplative studies research, education, and community engagement at the CSC.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting research teams in survey setup, project management, data storage, ethics compliance, and assist with reporting and analysis.
  • Manage daily research operations, including participant enrolment, communication, query resolution, and timely resolution of technical issues.
  • Actively participate at project team meetings and with guidance, contribute to planning activities
  • Who We Are Looking For The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and time management skills, experience in quantitative research with a grasp of basic statistical testing, strong interpersonal and communication skills for building relationships with stakeholders, and well-developed teamwork abilities.

    You will also have:

  • A Honours or Master's degree in behavioural or social sciences or a related discipline
  • Experience doing or assisting with qualitative research.
  • Experience working with survey platforms such as Qualtrics.
  • Interest in the processes associated with learning contemplative practices and their potential applications to mental and well-being.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

    Your New Team – Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, ranked among the top schools of psychology in Australia and globally, offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a profound impact in the field. With a focus on excellence in research and teaching, the School attracts exceptional students and fosters a vibrant community of academic, teaching, and research professionals. Collaborative research links with prestigious institutions and departments further enrich the academic environment.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

    About the University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be Yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at [email protected], with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)
  • ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Brett Verity via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Applications close: 14 February 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) / Melbourne time zone.

    Position Description:0057707 Research Assistant in Contemplative Studies PD.pdf

    Advertised: 17 Jan 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 14 Feb 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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