Research Assistant, Autistic Wellbeing

Logan, Australia
The full-time total package is in the range $82,168 - $86,902 per annum.
01 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
26 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Creating a brighter future for all

Griffith University is a progressive, values-led university dedicated to learning, leadership, and innovation. This is your chance to help us achieve our vision to transform lives and add to human knowledge and understanding in a way that creates a future that benefits all.

Since opening in 1975, Griffith has grown from one campus and 451 students to become a comprehensive, multi-campus institution, with 50,000 students and more than 200,000 graduates.

The Autism Centre of Excellence is a multi-disciplinary research centre within Griffith University. All of our teaching, research and community collaborations have the aim of enhancing the quality of life for autistic people and those that support them. Whilst this position is within Griffith University, it is part of a broader collaboration with autistic and non-autistic researchers as well as community organisations from Australia.

We welcome and support applications from neurodivergent applicants. If you have any questions about the process or role before you apply, please contact Professor Dawn Adams (details at the bottom of the advert) for an informal discussion. 

Job Description

The Research Assistant position involves contributing to a project on mental health and well-being within the Autism Centre of Excellence that is being run in collaboration with Macquarie University, Reframing Autism, Children’s Health Queensland, Giant Steps and STEPS. This project focuses upon understanding and enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life of young autistic children.

The focus of the role during the first year will be supporting the Research Fellow to work with our community partners and other researchers in the team to co-develop materials for an intervention which aims to improve the wellbeing of young autistic children. The materials will be based on what we have learnt from interviews autistic people and parents of autistic children, as well as the experiences of our community partners. The second year of the role will be focussed on supporting the administration of the feasibility trial of the co-developed intervention, including collecting pre- and post-intervention data from parents and, where possible, their autistic children.

The Research Assistant will work within the Director of the Autism Centre of Excellence, Professor Dawn Adams. Professor Adams is a Clinical Psychologist and academic, with a program of work focussing on mental health and wellbeing in autism. The Research Assistant will also work with other team members, collaborators and partners which includes autistic researchers and autistic-led organisations.

This is a full-time, fixed term (2 years) position based at the Griffith University Logan campus, however a fractional (part-time, 0.5FTE) appointment with flexible working may be negotiated e.g. job-share arrangement.  As Griffith is a multi-campus University you may be required to work across other campus locations.


The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience.

You will have demonstrated experience collaborating with the autistic and autism community.

Additional information

Why join Griffith?

As a values-led organisation, at Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a dynamic and strong organisational culture. We support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people. We offer:

  • mix of on campus and work from home options available and a supportive work environment.
  • salary packaging options and corporate health discounts.
  • generous leave entitlements including paid parental leave and leave loading.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. For more information please visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page.

Salary Range

The full-time base salary for a Research Assistant (Grade 1) is in the range $70,229 - $74,275 per annum, plus 17% employer superannuation. The full-time total package is in the range $82,168 - $86,902 per annum.


How to Apply
We have a formal application process, but if you would like to apply and feel that this process would impede your application, please contact Dawn Adams ( to discuss options.

Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (please refer to the position description: click here)
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume including full contact details
  • Names and contact details of at least three professional referees (no contact will be made without your permission)

Applicants must have unrestricted work rights for the duration of this appointment. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Further Information

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Dawn Adams via email:

For application support, please contact People Services on +61 (0) 7 373 54011.

For further application and recruitment advice, please contact Theresa Burke, Talent Acquisition Partner via email:

Closing date: Monday, 26 June 2023 at 5:00 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.