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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Psychological Sciences

Melbourne, Australia
$101,460 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Psychology, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job no: 0061465 
Location: Parkville 
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years 
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences 
School: Psychological Sciences 
Salary: Level A – $101,460 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super 

  • Lead a randomised controlled trial for psychological intervention for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, collaborating with a survivor-led charitable partner. 
  • Engage in impactful research, directly contributing to survivors' well-being, utilizing trauma-informed practices, and gaining diverse experience in intervention delivery. 
  • 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 

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to lead a randomised controlled trial on a novel psychological intervention for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. The role involves collaboration with a survivor-led charitable partner, direct work with survivors, managing recruitment, conducting assessments, interviews, data collection, and manuscript writing, while adhering to trauma-informed practices and supporting the school's ethos and University policies. 

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Assisting and coordinating data collection activities. 
  • Identifying risk scenarios and triaging appropriately, with supervision from a clinical psychologist. 
  • Participating in research independently and as a member of a research team. 
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with the charitable partner. 

Who We Are Looking For 

The successful candidate will possess a background in trauma-related mental health, demonstrating flexibility, independence, and effective collaboration skills. Strong communication and engagement abilities, genuine commitment to co-producing research with those with lived experience, experience in standardised assessments, as well as a desire for a psychology career trajectory, are essential. 

You will also have: 

  • A postgraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline. 
  • Background and experience in trauma-related mental health, and ability to work in a trauma-informed manner. 
  • High degree of independence, flexibility, and responsiveness to changing priorities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to independent and team-based research.    

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 – Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences 

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, ranked among the top schools of psychology in Australia and globally, offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a profound impact in the field. With a focus on excellence in research and teaching, the School attracts exceptional students and fosters a vibrant community of academic, teaching, and research professionals. Collaborative research links with prestigious institutions and departments further enrich the academic environment. 

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 

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.    

Be Yourself 

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 reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request". 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants 

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne. 

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit - 

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 Brett 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: 5 March 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) / Melbourne time zone.  

Position Description:0061465 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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