Research Assistant / Research Fellow, Statistics

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 to $130,900 (pro rata) plus 17% super
06 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Part time (0.4 – 0.8 FTE); Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Phoenix Australia, Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. or Level B - $110,236 - $130,900 (pro rata) plus 17% super

Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience

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 Phoenix Australia - Centre for posttraumatic mental health

Phoenix Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. With an affiliation with the University of Melbourne, our staff are employed by the University and we have a close working relationship with the Department of Psychiatry within the Melbourne Medical School. Our Board of Directors includes independent members as well as senior representatives from the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence.

About the Role

The Research Assistant / Research Fellow (Statistics) position will be responsible for providing applied statistical advice and support across research projects involving a range of designs (e.g., cross-sectional and prospective observational studies, experimental methodologies).

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing statistical support to research projects involving observational and experimental quantitative methodologies.
  • Developing and maintaining syntax files specifying and recording analytic procedures, potentially using a range of software programs (e.g., SPSS, Program R, MPlus).
  • Conducting and reporting findings from descriptive and inferential statistical procedures, including multivariate analyses.
  • Developing and maintaining research databases, including some data entry.

About You

You will be a skilled and enthusiastic researcher with advanced skills in applied data analysis / statistics, an interest in posttraumatic mental health, and a strong desire to develop your career in a dynamic research centre in the University of Melbourne.

You will also have:

  • A postgraduate research degree in psychology, applied statistics, or another health or mental health related field.
  • Experience in applied statistical analyses, including design, implementation and reporting, or substantial interest in developing skills and capacities in this area.
  • Experience using quantitative data analysis programs (e.g., SPSS, Program R, MPlus).
  • Demonstrated skill in writing the method and results sections of high quality technical reports and/or academic manuscripts.

In addition to the above, to be appointed at Level B:

  • PhD in psychology, applied statistics, or another health or mental health related field.
  • Experience managing and maintaining large-scale research databases.
  • Experience providing senior statistical support and guidance to junior researchers or teams.
  • Track record of leading or contributing to peer-reviewed journal publications and conference presentations

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: 28 February 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0053492 Research Assistant-Research Fellow-Statistics PD.pdf

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