Research Assistant In Youth Mental Health, VR

Melbourne, Australia
10 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Centre for Youth Mental Health
Salary: $75,289 - $102,163 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Part time - 17% super
Salary: $75,289 - $102,163 (Level A) (pro rata)

About the Role

A Research Assistant is required to work within the Virtual Reality (VR) Team at Orygen, across a number of exciting virtual reality-based health projects funded by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council. This is a part-time (0.6 FTE) fixed-term position available for 12 months.

The role will focus primarily on the small studies described below, but may also include other related projects within the VR team as recruitment priorities change.

  • Orygen Virtual Worlds (OVW)
  • Revive
  • MIND-R

This position will involve the recruitment of young people for research trials including completing clinical research assessments and interviews.

About You

Essential to this role is that you will have a postgraduate degree (Honours, Masters or doctoral degree) in the behavioural or social sciences and/or related discipline, with subsequent experience.

In addition, you will bring:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct recruitment and assessments within populations of young people with mental ill-health.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills, including authorship of academic reports.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, particularly a demonstrated ability to simultaneously work on multiple tasks independently.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) and work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to use word processing, electronic medical and psychological search engines and databases, and reference management software (e.g. Endnote).

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

To find out more, please visit

Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you're interested in this role and would like a private and confidential discussion, please contact Carli Ellinghaus via telephone on 0457 700 250 or via email at

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Position Description

Applications close: 06 Feb 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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