Research Fellow, Clinical Trial Coordinator

Geelong, Australia
AC_B $100,837 - $119,266 + 17% Superannuation
15 May 2022
End of advertisement period
30 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Health and Education Research Building (HERB), University Hospital Geelong
  • Full-time and 12 months fixed term
  • AC_B $100,837 - $119,266 + 17% Superannuation

The Research Fellow, Clinical Trial Coordinator will support the co-Director of the Food and Mood Centre to conduct research on a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funded study (HARMON-E).

The HARMON-E trial is one of four signature trials being conducted as part of the initiation of Australia’s first ever mental health clinical trial network MAGNET. HARMON-E is the largest trial to date to compare the impact of a lifestyle therapy program versus a psychotherapy condition for adults with a mood disorder.

This position will be based at the Food & Mood Centre, IMPACT in the Health and Education Research Building (HERB), University Hospital Geelong with potential to work in a hybrid capacity between the office and home. While this position may be best suited to an individual with a PhD, we are also willing to consider those who may have strong and extensive clinical trial experience outside of academia who do not have a PhD (e.g clinical or industry settings).

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating a large scale, multistate clinical trial (HARMON-E) as part of the new national mental health clinical trial network (MAGNET)
  • Overseeing a large project team of 20+ staff and students from multidisciplinary backgrounds including mental health clinicians, allied health professionals, research assistants, lived experience partners to enact the trial in a high-quality manner
  • Writing and updating ethics applications, study protocols, standard operating procedures, data safety and monitoring reporting, and other key research documents and interaction with other regulatory bodies  
  • Liaising with participants with mental illness and a wide range of key stakeholder groups including lived experience partners, health providers, professional organisations, and primary health networks
  • Scheduling, staffing, and planning the randomisation of groups of individuals with mood disorders across different states and time zones and providing staff support in program delivery
  • Other research-related administration including budget management, completing progress and a final report to the MRFF, and chairing monthly Steering Committees meetings of 30 people and preparing associated documents
  • Ensuring impact of academic activity in the field and the community
  • Building national reputation, based on growing, focused body of work recognised for quality, excellence, and impact
  • Providing effective mentoring to HDR students to support professional and career development and employability
  • Adopting and promoting a culture of research excellence, innovation, and impact

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline and/or other relevant qualifications and experience
  • At least 2 years’ experience running clinical trials (or min 5-10 in the absence of a PhD)
  • Previous experience in a research environment, especially leading clinical trials in those with mental illness or vulnerable populations
  • Ability to contribute to communities through research
  • Capacity to contribute to leadership of research and administration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues
  • Positive engagement with research, community, industry, and government to enhance the national standing of the discipline of mental health

Applications for this position close on the 30th of May, 2022


  • Some travel between campuses may be required
  • Drivers Licence 
  • Working with Children Check A police check may be required

Offers of employment from Deakin University are conditional upon the applicant being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt and providing satisfactory evidence of the same. You can view a copy of the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure.

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Prof Adrienne O’Neil, Professor,

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 abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

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