Research Fellow in Psychosis Risk Research

Melbourne, Australia
Level B - $107,547 - $127,707 p.a. plus 17% super
20 May 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 3 Years
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Centre for Youth Mental Health
Salary: Level B - $107,547 - $127,707 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Centre for Youth Mental health 

In January 2009 the University of Melbourne established a new Centre for Youth Mental Health (CYMH) within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, where the academic and professional staff of The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (Orygen) who were previously members of specific Departments (notably Psychiatry and Psychology), are now based. All NHMRC and ARC Grants to be used for Orygen activities are managed within CYMH.

The creation of this academic and administrative structure reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this field of inquiry and knowledge, and its growing scientific and practical breadth and significance. This is only the fourth such supra-departmental structure to be created in the Faculty and there is no parallel to date anywhere else in Australia.

About the Role

A highly talented Research Fellow is required to join the Ultra High Risk for Psychosis Research Program led by Prof. Barnaby Nelson at the Centre for Youth Mental Health (CYMH;, The University of Melbourne, and Orygen. This position will be part of an NIH funded project called PRESCIENT: Prediction Scientific Global Consortium, which is part of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Schizophrenia (AMP-SCZ). The primary aim of PRESCINET and AMP-SCZ is to develop prediction models of clinical outcomes in the ultra high risk for psychosis clinical population using multimodal data so that new preventive treatments can be developed.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Make a leading contribution to the conduct of research studies of predictors and mechanisms associated with psychosis risk in young people
  • Produce high quality scientific publications based on research findings from the above-mentioned studies
  • Contribute to grant applications in the Ultra High Risk for Psychosis research program.
  • Supervise students and junior staff who work in the Ultra High Risk research program

The successful applicant will also be supported in applying for grant funding, such as fellowships, to support their own independent research.

About You

You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a strong interdisciplinary interest in mental health. You have excellent organisational and project management skills and a track record of publishing in scientific journals and participation in research projects and grants.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • PhD in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, biomedical engineering or related discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise or co-supervise and mentor undergraduate, honours and/or PhD students
  • Excellent statistical skills with demonstrated ability to expertly apply research methodologies and quantitative/qualitative data analysis (e.g. in R, SPSS, SAS, MATLAB and/or MPlus)
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise or co-supervise and mentor undergraduate, honours and/or PhD students

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 and Police 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 with disabilities 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

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:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: PD RF PRESCIENT .pdf

Applications close: 19th June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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