Research Assistant, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary $78,077 + 17% superannuation
16 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time fixed term until July 2023, with the possibility of extension
  • An exciting opportunity to join the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance use in improving people's health and wellbeing
  • Base Salary $78,077 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Matilda Centre provides a world-first synergy of leading prevention, early intervention and treatment research and translation programs in substance use and mental disorders. The Matilda Centre undertakes research and brings together researchers currently working across disorder silos (addiction, depression, suicide, anxiety, exercise physiology, dietetics, chronic disease) to share skills, synergise data, and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention and early intervention programs for substance use and mental disorders.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is looking for a Research Assistant to join the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use. The Research Assistant will work within the Prevention Team, which focuses on preventing the development of substance use and mental health problems among young people. The Research Assistant will contribute to the Positive Choices project, which aims to equip young people, their parents, and teachers with evidence-based information and response strategies to prevent drug and alcohol related harms.

Reporting into the Postdoctoral Research Fellow, this is a fixed term full time position (35 hours per week) based at our Matilda Centre in Camperdown.

Some of the key responsibilities and activities will include:

  • updating and maintaining online information and assisting with the development of additional prevention resources
  • conducting literature reviews and scoping of existing resources
  • liaising with web developers, managing enquiries, and maintaining communication with teachers, schools, and other subscribers
  • assisting with the design and implementation of studies to evaluate the impact and reach of Positive Choices.

About you

  • a tertiary degree in psychology, behavioural or social sciences, public health or a related field
  • previous research experience within the fields of substance abuse or mental health is preferrable
  • sound skills with the full range of Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel, experience with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, R)
  • excellent organisation and time management skills, able to manage competing priorities
  • excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Thursday 30 June 2022 11:59 PM