Senior Research Assistant - Mental Health Services Research

University of Queensland
July 28, 2024
Offerd Salary:$105,137 - $112,790
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
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  • School of Public Health

  • Inclusive collaborative community

  • Broaden your career within one of QLD's largest employers.

  • Work with highly awarded, world-class colleagues.

  • Based at The Park Centre for Mental Health - Wacol

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave.

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Senior Research Assistant to apply their subject matter expertise and advanced knowledge of mixed methods health or social science research to support research projects in the Mental Health Services Research stream of Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) at Wacol. The Mental Health Services Research stream conducts applied research to understand the demand for and use of mental health services, evidence-based mental health service models, and how these findings can be used to improve mental health systems. The team works closely with health system partners such as governments, Primary Health Networks, and community organisations to provide evidence and advice to support integrated regional and national mental health service planning.

    The Senior Research Assistant role will support implementation of the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) needs-based planning tool (https: // www. and development of the LIFEWAYS national service planning model for suicide prevention. Key tasks will include reviewing academic and grey literature, developing data and evidence summaries, coordinating workshops and surveys of end users, analysing focus group transcripts on mental health and suicide prevention service needs, and contributing to reports and academic publications.

    This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for 12 months. At HEW level 6, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $89,861 – $96,402, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $105,137 - $112,790 annually As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    About You
  • Completion of a relevant degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Allied Health or similar area with subsequent experience in coordinating activities or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Demonstrated research-relevant knowledge and skills with expertise in a wide range of specialist and general research techniques, including qualitative data analysis methods.

  • Expertise in the application of a range of office and research-related software, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and Endnote. Experience using NVivo qualitative analysis software is highly desirable.

  • Advanced knowledge of research codes of practice and ability to apply ethical guidelines in research behaviour.

  • Relevant experience in a health-related research role preferably in a mental health or suicide prevention services or the capability to quickly acquire this knowledge and apply in the workplace.

  • Well-developed problem-solving skills, with an ability to forward plan, prioritise tasks to meet deadlines and work with a high level of adaptability, both independently and as part of a team

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Adjunct Senior Fellow, Dr Sandra Diminic at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Sunday 28th July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-40494). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Monday 12th August 2024.

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