Research Assistant, Population Mental Health

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 – $90,394 p.a. plus 17% super
05 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time or Part time (0.8 FTE, negotiable); Fixed-term for 1 year
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $90,394 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 Mental Health

The Centre for Mental Health aims to improve mental health and mitigate the impact of mental illness at a population level. It does this through high quality, collaborative, interdisciplinary research, academic teaching, professional and community education, and mental health system development.

About the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population Health was established in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences in 2001. It became the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in 2013. The School aims to strengthen the understanding, capacity and services of society to meet population health needs and to improve the quality and equity of health care. It employs a population health framework that incorporates public health and preventative medicine, health promotion, clinical medicine and allied healthcare disciplines and an equity and evidence-based approach to health care and health policy.

About the Role

The Research Assistant will work with the Population Mental Health Research team on a number of different projects. They will also assist with a project within the NHMRC Special Initiative in Mental Health funded ALIVE National Centre (2021-2026).

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in research independently and as a member of a research team
  • Assisting with writing of ethics applications
  • Recruiting participants for research projects and collect outcome measures
  • Setting up data files and carrying out quantitative and qualitative analyses
  • Assisting in the production of quality conference and seminar papers and publications

About You

You will have strong academic skills and strong academic performance in mental health research. You will be able to work independently and collaboratively in a team to achieve project goals and meet agreed deadlines.

You will also have:

  • Bachelor (Honours) or Masters Degree relevant to mental health, with a high level of academic achievement
  • Knowledge of child and youth mental health, and school-based interventions
  • Interpersonal skills necessary for participant recruitment and engagement
  • Ability to set up studies involving AI chatbots

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: 31 March 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0058917_Research Assistant Level A_PD.pdf