Postdoctoral Fellow, Suicide Prevention Project

Sydney, Australia
14 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Black Dog Institute

Suicide Prevention program

  • Take part in suicide prevention intervention
  • Opportunity to design a mobile based suicide prevention app
  • Sydney based

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. The Black Dog Institute is a Medical Research Institute affiliated with UNSW Sydney, and a global leader in translational mental health research. The Institute has the latest technology and other tools to quickly turn our world-class research findings into clinical services, education and e-health products that improve the lives of people with mental illness and the wider community.

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow who will contribute towards the research in technology-supported suicide prevention interventions. The project will emphasize prevention activities in regions where the incident rates are higher. This will include the qualitative and quantitative analysis of existing data sets, and the design of an e-health intervention for individuals at risk. The project is in collaboration with Black Dog Institute’s Suicide Prevention and IT teams, UNSW Computer Science and Engineering researchers, and external community partners.

About the role

  • $75-$100p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time

As a Postdoctoral Fellow you will research and design a mobile based suicide prevention app and coordinate a pilot study to test its feasibility. Your study will focus on regions where there’s a frequent occurrence of suicide incidents. You will analyse the existing datasets related to behaviours in a high risk setting and create data management processes between internal and external stakeholders. You will collaborate and maintain strong relationships with relevant researchers, lived experience representatives and end-users. You will contribute to funding applications, contribute to peer-review articles and supervise Research Assistants and undergraduate students.

About you

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • A PhD in the area of psychology, psychiatry, public health, e-health or a related discipline.
  • Candidates with a degree in computer science or biomedical engineering having experience in designing mobile based applications and an interest in mental health are welcome to apply.
  • Previous experience working in suicide prevention or with vulnerable populations would be highly regarded.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with a demonstrated ability to develop innovate approaches to complex research problems.
  • Experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis, including the use of software such as SPSS, STATA, R or similar packages.
  • Familiarity with, and capacity to lead, technical components of a research project, such as e-health intervention design (software coding is not required) and data management.

Please apply online, CVs sent through email will not be considered.

Applicants should systematically address the selection criteria found in the position description in their application.


Mark Larsen


Applications close: 11 PM 28th July 2019

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