Research Assistant in Psychology

Sydney, Australia
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Two exciting opportunities for a graduate in psychology, public health or related discipline
  • Assist in the development and evaluation of the Health4Life Initiative
  • Location - Sydney NSW Australia

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

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. 

About the role

  • Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded Research) Contract role with an expected duration of 12 months
  • $72, 880 - $82, 467 (plus 17% superannuation and leave loading)

The Research Assistant will contribute to the Health4Life Initiative, a new study within The Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS). The role of the Research Assistant is to assist in the development of an online school-based program and smartphone application to prevent and reduce key risk factors for chronic disease (alcohol use, smoking, physical inactivity, sleep, screen time and poor diet) for secondary school students. The Research Assistant will also assist with the co-ordination of a cluster randomised controlled trial in 80 schools to evaluate the effectiveness of Health4Life.

Please review the position description for more details on the role requirements.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Degree in psychology, public health, education, exercise physiology, health science, nutrition, behavioural or social sciences
  • Demonstrated experience in collection, analysis and reporting of research data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated report writing skills
  • Previous research experience in the fields of physical activity or nutrition, and experience in collecting body composition data and use of accelerometers will be highly regarded
  • Ability to work both independently and within a research team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the proven ability to liaise with key stakeholders

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment, including a Working With Children Check.

Contact: Dr Lauren Gardner


Applications close: 11pm 30th November 2018

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