Clinical Research Fellow

Sydney, Australia
09 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Part Time
  • Become part of a team that is devoted to making the world a mentally healthier place
  • This innovative position will collaborate with the Chief Psychiatrist to develop a program of clinical research focused on the assessment and treatment of adult mood disorders.
  • Part-time ongoing position working 4 days per week

About the Institute:

The Black Dog Institute is a Medical Research Institute and a global leader in translational mental health research. We harness 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 pride ourselves on translating our own world leading Workplace Mental Health research into an award-winning culture that encompasses a holistic view of wellbeing. We aim to create a positive, mentally healthy workplace that recognises the importance of meaningful work, balanced lifestyles, psychological well-being and continual learning whilst being guided by our core values - Collaboration, Compassion, Excellence, Innovation and Respect. We offer:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Salary packaging
  • Commitment to Learning and Development
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet friendly office
  • Social and team events

About the Role:

The Clinical Research Fellow is based in the Black Dog Institute’s Clinical Services. The role is a joint clinical and academic position and would suit a clinical psychologist with a proven research track record. The purpose of the role is to work together with the Institute’s Chief Psychiatrist to develop a program of clinical research focused on the assessment and treatment of adult mood disorders.

This program of research will be based in the Black Dog Institute’s Clinical Services and offers the opportunity to work within a dynamic and enthusiastic team made up psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, researchers and exercise physiologists, supported by a professional administrative team and patient care coordinators who contribute to a multidisciplinary, patient-centred team approach to client care.

This role sits within the Depression Clinic, part of Black Dog Institute’s Clinical Services (other clinics include Psychology Clinic, Bipolar Clinic, Child and Adolescent Clinic, Exercise Physiology Clinic). The Clinical Research Fellow will be part of a research team managed by A/Prof Harvey.

In addition to developing a program of research, the role also involves undertaking patient assessments and ongoing psychological interventions within the Institute’s Depression and Psychology Clinics.

The role is a minimum 0.8FTE commitment, currently based at Randwick. 0.4 FTE will be spent engaged in clinical activities, while 0.4 to 0.6 FTE will be spent on research related duties. The role will enjoy a conjoint academic appointment with UNSW Sydney (subject to conferral by the university).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing a program of research focused on the assessment and management of adult mood disorders.
  • Prepare manuscripts and other research reports.
  • Undertake analysis of data collected in the clinic.
  • Assist in the preparation of ethics applications.
  • Work collaboratively with other research teams within the Black Dog Institute and partner organisations.
  • Provide advanced level Psychology services including a range of individualised and group clinical care based on professional training reflecting current ethical clinical practice as required.
  • Provide comprehensive assessment and care planning monitoring client/patient progress adjusting treatment accordingly for complex management.
  • Liaise with multi-disciplinary team to promote effective communication including verbal and written feedback to referring Doctor as required.
  • Familiar and comply with legal, ethical responsibilities to patients/clients, visitors and staff, inclusive of maintaining confidentiality.
  • Maintain appropriate clinical records reflecting adherence to Black Dog Institute policies, ACHS and legal requirements.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of programs relevant to the needs of clients and current clinical practice.
  • Maintain a sound working knowledge of best practice supervision practices; competency-based learning plans and ethics around supervision.
  • Provision of mentoring and supervision, and participation in review and evaluation procedures for provisional psychologists.
  • Demonstrate strong, current clinical knowledge and skills, and applies this to contribute to supporting individuals and teams in clinical practice.
  • Act as a role model for staff in promoting professional values and ethics.
  • Represent the profession either clinically or in relation to service development as required. 
  • Ability to initiate, implement and evaluate research. Promote research via publication or presentation at internal and external forums. Integrate knowledge from higher-level studies into the development and implementation of practice and program initiatives.
  • Participate regularly in clinical supervision and continues ongoing professional development through education.
  • Accept responsibility for maintaining and strengthening own professional knowledge and expertise. Maintenance of own continuing professional development portfolio as required.
  • Participate as a valued team member promoting and contributing to a supportive team environment.
  • Communicate effectively with all customers and patients using the appropriate channels, utilising appropriate formal and informal channels of communication.

Selection Criteria:


  1. Tertiary Qualification of Psychology with Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA).
  2. PhD in mental health research or related field
  3. Track record of research publications and relevant research experience
  4. In depth knowledge and extensive clinical experience in the use of a variety of contemporary psychotherapeutic techniques e.g. experience providing individual therapy and running groups using CBT, DBT, Schema-Focused Therapy and/or ACT modalities
  5. Experience in the use of evidence based, best practice treatments for both short term and longer term, time limited therapy.
  6. Psychology Board approved supervisor accredited to train and supervise psychology interns and registrars.
  7. A knowledge of EEO principles and WH&S responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant WH&S training.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter addressing your match to each of the selection criteria listed on the position description to

If you have any queries or would like further information, please email

Applications close: 22 Aug 2019.

The Black Dog Institute is an EEO Employer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.