Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 - $130,900 p.a. (pro-rata for part time) 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 (0.8 FTE); Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Phoenix Australia, Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Level B – $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. (pro-rata for part time) 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 Phoenix Australia

Phoenix Australia is an independent not-for-profit company and a registered charity, and the national centre for excellence in posttraumatic mental health. With an affiliation with the University of Melbourne, our staff are mostly 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.

For further information, visit Phoenix Australia’s website at

About the Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne was established in the 1960s. It is one of the largest Departments in the Melbourne Medical School.

The Department is located across a broad reach of Melbourne. It has teaching and research units at Austin Health, St Vincent's Health, and within NorthWestern Mental Health: the latter includes units at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Sunshine Hospital, and Northern Hospital. The Department also has units at two private hospitals: Albert Road Clinic (Ramsay Health Care) and The Melbourne Clinic (Healthscope).

The Department’s research focuses on improving our understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. It covers a broad range of psychiatric research, including prediction and biomarker research, neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, psychosocial research, economic evaluation, ethics, psychiatric epidemiology, and mental health service delivery.

About the Role

We are seeking to recruit a research fellow for a maternity leave replacement role with substantial interest in posttraumatic mental health research to help manage and grow emerging programs of research within Phoenix Australia. The research fellow will be responsible for managing ongoing research projects across areas that may include (but are not limited to) disaster mental health and intimate partner violence. They will also have a role in coordinating a team of researchers that provide methodological advice and support across the organisation, and will also work closely and collaboratively with research teams in other areas (e.g., military and emergency service worker mental health), including the policy and practice portfolio at Phoenix Australia.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage and contribute to the design and delivery of research studies, and ensure they are completed on time and within budget.
  • Effectively manage project teams, via central responsibilities for project administration, reporting, and staff management.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including service providers and policy makers, with regards to the development, delivery, and reporting on research studies.
  • Lead and/or contribute to technical, industry, and academic reports and publications.

About You

You will have an admirable work ethic and the ability to work collegially. You will possess excellent organisation and time management skills and have exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

You will also have:

  • A PhD or other Doctoral level qualification in a mental health related discipline (e.g., psychology, social work, health science, public health)
  • Research experience in the area of mental health
  • Demonstrated ability to manage research projects, including planning, budgeting, delivery, accountability, and the capacity to work under tight timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise with external stakeholders, such as government and non-government agencies
  • Demonstrated capacity to write for diverse audiences, such as academic, government and non-government organisations, funding agencies, and service providers

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

To find out more, visit

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: 0028308_Research Fellow_PD.pdf

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