Research Fellow in Behaviour Change

Melbourne, Australia
28 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Salary: $105,232 - $124,958 (Level B)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is one of the leading schools of Psychology in Australia, with active research programs in Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative and Mathematical Psychology, and Social Psychology. We have a large undergraduate and fourth-year teaching program and an extensive postgraduate program providing research and professional training.

The position will be within the School’s Centre for Behaviour Change (MCBC). MCBC has capacity to provide an integrated approach to all aspects of behaviour change. The MCBC specializes in in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions, including those delivered via digital means or groups. We adopt a person-centered approach to assist individuals in self-managing their health, and work with professionals and organisations to co-design health-enhancing policies and practices. We study a wide range of behaviours, with current or recent research projects focusing on physical activity, nutrition, weight management, smoking, vaping, alcohol use, and the management of long-term illnesses including arthritis, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and persistent pain.

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The MCBC is Directed by Professor Charles Abraham with Professor Ron Borland as Deputy Director. The School is seeking to appoint a research fellow who can assist Professors Abraham and Borland in developing self-assessment and self-guided behaviour-change interventions to improve users’ health and well-being. Individuals with training in psychology, social or cognitive psychology or decision-making science would be most suitable but candidates with training in related social science disciplines could also be suitable.

The successful applicant will contribute to research within an NHMRC-funded Centre of Excellence (CRE) in “Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes” and will have to opportunity to work with other researchers involved in the CRE including those working on behaviour change, computer science and the development of digital interventions.

The two main foci of the position will be: a) to co-ordinate a complex co-design process to  in the first instance progress the design of a self-assessment and self-management website hub designed to support university students to better self-manage their personal wellbeing; and b) to assist in the preparation of research grant applications to conduct research studies broaden the potential  users of the hub tool to people in general, with a focus on people with multiple chronic conditions. This latter focus will involve working with other researchers, health services and health professionals to as potential partners in such efforts.

The successful applicant will show evidence of the ability to develop international research in the study of human decision-making or behaviour change more generally, a capacity to work as a member of a cross-disciplinary team, and have a strong commitment to applied research and engagement with potential users.

The appointee will report to Professors Abraham and Borland in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and as an Academic staff member will be expected to support the broad ethos of the School and the School’s compliance with University policies and procedures, including environmental health and safety.

Position Description

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Applications close: 18 Oct 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time