Research Assistant in Implementation and Youth Mental Health

University of Melbourne


September 27, 2022


Research Assistant in Implementation and Youth Mental Health

Job no: 0056947 Location: Parkville Role type: Part time 0.6 FTE; Fixed-term for 2.5 years Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Department/School: Centre for Youth Mental Health Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - Centre for Youth Mental Health In January 2009 the University of Melbourne established a new Centre for Youth Mental Health (CYMH) within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The creation of this academic and administrative structure reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this field of inquiry and knowledge, and its growing scientific and practical breadth and significance. This is only the fourth such supra-departmental structure to be created in the Faculty and there is no parallel to date anywhere else in Australia.

About the Role The Research Assistant will work on the “CogScreen” study, a new study which aims to validate a cognitive screening measure for young people with first-episode psychosis. The Research Assistant will be working on the implementation evaluation aspect of this study, in which we hope to determine the acceptability and feasibility of cognitive screening. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, key stakeholders including participants, clinicians, and service managers, will be interviewed to identify facilitators and barriers to the implementation of cognitive screening.

Responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with key stakeholders including research participants, clinicians, caregivers, and service managers.
  • Conducting research using both quantitative (e.g., brief surveys) and qualitative (e.g., interviews and focus groups) methods according to the study protocol.
  • Actively participating at project team, division and organisational meetings and with guidance, contribute to planning activities or committee work to support capacity-building.
  • About You You will possess demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective research collaboration and engagement. You will have the ability to contribute to independent and team-based research and be flexible and responsive to changing priorities. You will show demonstrated ability to contribute to independent and team-based research.

    You will also have:

  • A postgraduate degree (Honours, Masters, or doctoral degree) in behavioural or social sciences or a related discipline, or substantial progress towards a PhD.
  • A strong interest in mental health disorders and mental health interventions.
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic or research career trajectory
  • Demonstrated ability to apply research methodologies and quantitative/qualitative data analysis, including working with databases.
  • To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

    About the University The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

    Benefits of Working with Us In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families
  • To find out more, visit https: //

    Be Yourself We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

    Join Us!

    If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

    ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

    Advertised: 30 Aug 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 27 Sep 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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