Research Assistant in Psychology

Sydney, Australia
13 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Sep 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) was established at the University of New South Wales by the Commonwealth Government in 1986 to extend the knowledge base required for effective treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug related problems and to enhance the overall research capacity in the drug and alcohol field. The Centre is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, for its contribution to drug and alcohol research.

Funded in November 2012 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) aims to build research capacity through the generation of innovative new research regarding the effective prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.

These aims are achieved via three main research streams focusing on the prevention, treatment, and epidemiology, of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. An integral component of the CREMS is the translation of these research findings into policy, training and practise; thereby expanding our capacity to respond to comorbidity nationally and internationally.

The Research Assistant will provide support to an Australian Government Department of Health funded project to disseminate and promote national guidelines on the management of co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions and assist with the ongoing management of an online training program and website for alcohol and other drug workers and students studying courses in substance use and mental health.

The role of Research Assistant reports to the Chief Investigator and has no direct reports. RESPONSIBILITIES Specific responsibilities for 

About the role

  • $83k - $90k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Assist with the organisation of printing and ongoing national dissemination of hard-copies of the Guidelines
  • Maintain a national online training program, website and training program evaluation
  • Assist with the development of a national promotions and communications strategy, liaise with tertiary education institutions, develop and deliver webinars, conduct oral presentations and demonstrations of the program
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with the research team and other stakeholders
  • Conduct literature reviews, assist with the preparation of reports, publications and presentations, and conduct analysis of dissemination activities and website and training performance
  • Provide administrative support, attend and take minutes of project meetings, follow up on action items in a timely manner
  • Ensure project deadlines and milestones are met, maintain research files and records to the highest standards, and comply with all ethical, legal and professional requirements
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.


  • A degree in psychology (Honours will be highly regarded), public health or behavioural or social science and/or a related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and demonstrated report writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrated experience liaising with key stakeholders or experts
  • Sound knowledge of drug use and mental health issues and/or previous experience with studies in relation to drug use and mental health issues will be high regarded
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Excellent high level organisational and time-management skills, including the demonstrated ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines
  • Previous experience in collection, analysis and reporting of research data
  • Sound skills in Microsoft Office Suite and statistical packages, and previous website experience will be highly regarded • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training. It is not the intent

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online.


Christina Marel


Applications close: 11:00 pm  27th September 2018

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