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Forensicare Research Fellow

Alphington, Australia
Closing date
17 Mar 2024
  • Prime opportunity to support the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
  • Academic Level A or B, Fixed Term until December 2025
  • Full time position located at the CFBS, Aphington

About the Role 

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS) is Australasia’s leading centre for excellence in the areas of forensic mental health and forensic behavioural science research, teaching and practice development. We bring together academics, clinicians, researchers and students from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, law, occupational therapy and epidemiology. A key focus of the CFBS is to transfer academic and clinical excellence into practice in the health, community services and criminal justice sectors. Our research programs include: Aggression and Violence; Forensic Mental Health; Childhood Maltreatment and Youth Offending; Complex Criminal Behaviour; Culture, Psychology and Law; Psychology and Legal Processes; and Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Offender Management. 

Established in 2007, the CFBS has also served as the research and training arm for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). Forensicare is the statutory agency that provides adult forensic mental health services across Victoria. The primary focus of Forensicare’s work is on providing clinical services for the effective assessment, treatment and management of forensic patients and clients and people with a mental illness who have offended or are at risk of offending.  

Forensicare is committed to providing recovery-orientated forensic mental health services in which the principles of hope, social inclusion, personalised care and genuine collaboration are fundamental to practice. These services are delivered through three directorates: inpatient services at Thomas Embling Hospital, community services through the Community Forensic Mental Health Service and prison-based services at several locations. This position contribute significantly to the Forensicare Research Department in collaboration with clinician research leads, Forensicare research staff and the Forensicare Research Manager. This may include contributing to and/or leading the development and conduct of new or existing research or evaluation projects, writing of publications and preparation and presentation of findings for dissemination to key internal and external audiences.

About You  

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting research/evaluation independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary clinical environment
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research/evaluation design in forensic mental health and/or mental health service delivery
  • Demonstrated experience in research/evaluation fieldwork including the development and distribution of surveys and qualitative data collection through interview or focus groups.
  • Demonstrated capacity to complete advanced writing and analysis tasks, including the preparation and publication of reports and presentations.


  • Level A, a honours in Psychology, Criminology, or a related discipline Health Science
  • Level B, a doctoral qualification in Psychology, Criminology, or a related discipline Health Science, in conjunction with relevant research or evaluation experience.

About Swinburne University of Technology 

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 

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Applications Close: Sunday March 17th at 11pm 

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Victoria’s Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes 

As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant

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