Research Assistant in Youth Mental Health

Melbourne, Australia
$75,289 – $102,163 p.a plus 17% super
30 May 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Centre for Youth Mental Health
Salary: Level A $75,289 – $102,163 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 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 who are provided to Orygen are now based. All NHMRC and ARC Grants to be used for Orygen activities are managed within CYMH.

Orygen is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

At Orygen, our leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.

About the Role

Assist with systematic reviews and meta-analysis examining the implementation of digital interventions in health. Work closely with implementation teams to provide current data, and assist in development, training, and support for implementation strategies of a large-scale digital implementation project.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Contribute to evidence synthesis / literature reviews and mapping activities using specialised programs such as Endnote and Revman/Comprehensive Meta-Analysis
  • Assist with preparation of ethics applications and governance approvals
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities
  • Maintain, analyse, and communicate key implementation indicators with implementation teams and stakeholders

This position will be based at Orygen, located in Parkville, with flexibility to work from home as necessary. You may be required to work on other trials or projects within other areas of research.

About You

You will have a demonstrated ability to perform qualitative data collection and analysis. You will posses strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. You will have well-developed organisation and time management skills and be flexible and responsive to changing priorities.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A postgraduate degree (Honours, Masters) in behavioural or social sciences or a related discipline
  • Experience in implementation science and/or health services research
  • A strong interest in youth-onset mental disorders, digital mental health interventions, and real-world practice change
  • Demonstrated ability to develop study protocols and collect, collate, and manage human research data, with an awareness of the principles underpinning Good Clinical Practice
  • High level of proficiency in the use of standard application software such as the Microsoft Office suite and statistical packages such as IBM SPSS statistics

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

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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 or 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

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: Research Assistant Youth Mental Health (implementation)_ PD.docx

Applications close: 20 JUNE 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time