Research Fellow in Transdiagnostic Prediction

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super
13 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Centre for Youth Mental Health
Salary: Level B – $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

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 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 Team 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 NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in predicting outcomes in early stage mental disorders (‘PREEMPT’), and will also contribute to the NIH funded PRESCIENT research network aimed at similar goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Making leading contributions to the conduct of multidisciplinary studies related to predictors and mechanisms associated with transdiagnostic mental disorder in young people, including analysis of clinical, cognitive, genetic, neuroimaging, and biological data using advanced statistical methods (e.g. computational modeling, machine learning). The analysis may also include working with time series data
  • Producing high quality scientific publications based on research findings in the above mentioned studies
  • Furthering the development of an academic research profile in the areas of youth mental health
  • Contributing to grant applications in the Ultra High Risk for Psychosis research team

About You

You will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a strong interdisciplinary interest in mental health. You will possess excellent organisational, project management and statistical skills with the ability to expertly apply research methodologies and quantitative/qualitative data analysis.

You will also have:

  • PhD in neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, biomedical engineering or related discipline
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic career trajectory, including track record of publishing in scientific journals and participation in research projects and grants
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise or co-supervise and mentor undergraduate, honours and/or PhD students
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and capacity to initiate, manage and maintain partnerships and collaborations

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.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne 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.

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, 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

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 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

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Applications close: 5TH DECEMBER 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0053861_Research Fellow in Transdiagnostic Prediction_PD.pdf

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