Research Assistant, Mental Health and Neurosciences

Geelong, Australia
17 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based at Health Education and Research Building, University Hospital Geelong
  • Full-time (36.75 hours per week), Fixed Term for 18 months  
  • RES_148 from $65,363 + 17% Superannuation

Deakin’s School of Medicine is recognised in Australia and internationally for its teaching, training, research and service to its communities. Working as part of the Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT), the purpose of the Research Assistant is to provide support to the Theme Lead of Mental Health and Neurosciences to develop the psychosis research program at Deakin and Barwon Health, support the development of data sharing infrastructure, data curation and data analysis within the newly funded Health Studies Australian National Data Set Asset (HeSANDA) Mental Health Node and to assist with grant preparation for future studies. The incumbent will be required to contribute to all facets of study activities, including (but not limited to) data collection, management of biological samples, data entry, and data management, assist in recruitment strategies, and participant contact and scheduling.

The Research Assistant will also conduct other activities to support the Theme Lead of Mental Health and Neurosciences, including to conduct a proof-of-concept study of biomarkers for negative symptoms and metabolic abnormalities in schizophrenia and to development of psychosis research more broadly.

The HeSANDA initiative will deliver the infrastructure to enable the creation of a national health data asset that supports the sharing and reuse of health research data. The HeSANDA Mental Health Node is one of nine ‘nodes’ supported nationally by the Australian Research Data Commons. The Mental Health node will work in close collaboration with the Secure Heath Data and Biosample platform (SHeBa), a state-of-the-art platform for discovering, combining, accessing and analysing data and biosamples collected by health services, research groups and other custodians. The HeSANDA Mental Health node and SHeBa aim to accelerate research to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Australia and internationally by enabling clinicians and researchers to find, request, and work with de-identified health data and biosamples on a single, secure platform. This will enable secondary use of data to maximise the outputs and impact of already collected mental health data.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Screening participants and obtaining informed consent
  • Conducting online and in-person interviews and assessments with research participants
  • Collection of data, including questionnaires, and other health assessments
  • Support the development of the interface between the SHeBa and HeSANDA initiatives
  • Liaising with mental health researchers and relevant departments in Mental Health, staff from multi-disciplinary teams, consumer groups, external facilities/community agencies and general practitioners about data sharing and the HeSANDA initiative
  • Follow-up of research participants, including scheduling appointments, sending follow-up emails, phone calls, and text messages, follow-up of missed appointments, and obtaining updated contact details
  • Monitoring and reporting of adverse events and other major reporting requirements
  • Assisting the research team with preparation, review, and maintenance of study documentation, including but not limited to, ethical and other governance and regulatory documentation; study protocols; standard operating procedures and training manuals; and any other relevant documentation
  • Maintaining strict standards of confidentially and conforming to GCP guidelines and National Health and Medical Research National Statement on Ethic Conduct in Research Involving Humans standards in all activities
  • Participate in Quality Assurance procedures related to the project and service
  • This is a multi-faceted role and there is scope to also include other administrative duties

To be successful, you’ll have (Key Selection Criteria):

  • Completion of a minimum bachelor’s degree with Honours in psychology, biomedicine, nursing, nutrition, dietetics or other health-related discipline
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and respect for patients and research participants
  • Ability to work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Good understanding of confidentiality issues
  • Demonstrated written and administrative skills including proficient use of Microsoft Office products
  • Exceptional record keeping skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated organisational skills including the demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard of data record keeping and a demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise with research clients and other research teams
  • The ability to maintain effective work relationships in an environment which is often pressured and characterised by competing demands
  • Experience working with a clinical population, especially mental disorders *desirable
  • Familiarity with research databases (e.g., REDCap) *desirable
  • Current driver’s licence *desirable

For a copy of the position description, please visit Deakin Careers. 

Applications for this position close on Tuesday 1st February.


  • Infrequent work outside business hours is required (e.g., work at evening or weekend events is required)
  • This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details)

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Professor Alison Yung, Professor of Psychiatry, IMPACT, at

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

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