Research Assistant in Psychiatry

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super
25 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job no: 0016869
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time (0.2 FTE) ; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Level A – $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super

  • Contribute to groundbreaking research on non-epileptic seizures with renowned experts.
  • Gain hands-on experience in patient assessment and data collection for NHMRC-funded projects.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is a remarkable opportunity for an aspiring researcher to make a meaningful impact in the field of neuropsychiatry. As a key member of our team, you will play a vital role in advancing our understanding of non-epileptic seizures and their treatment, contributing to groundbreaking NHMRC-funded projects. You'll work closely with experts like Dr. Dennis Velakoulis, Dr. John-Paul Nicolo, and Professor Richard Kanaan, receiving mentorship and guidance, all while gaining invaluable experience in patient recruitment, assessment, and data collection. Join us in unraveling the mysteries of functional neurological disorders and making a difference in the lives of those affected.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Consent, screen and assess people with probable non-epileptic seizures.
  • Arrange for brain scans or therapy and follow-up participants.
  • Liaise with neurology and neuropsychiatry teams at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to facilitate referrals to the projects.

Who We Are Looking For

You excel in interpersonal communication, enabling seamless collaboration in multidisciplinary teams. Your organisational prowess ensures timely project execution and adapts during peak workloads.

You will also have:

  • An Honours or Masters level qualification in the field of psychology, neuroscience or a cognate discipline.
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic career trajectory.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage behavioural data sets.
  • Eligible for honorary employment in a hospital context.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne is a leading institution focused on advancing mental health research and education. With a dedicated team and diverse research areas, we strive to improve understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Join us to make a meaningful impact and shape the future of mental health.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

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Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara Amini via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 10 October 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description:  0016869_Research Assistant in Psychiatry_PD.pdf