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Research Psychologist

Camperdown, Australia
$104,633 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
1 Jul 2024

Job Details

  • Full-time, 12-month fixed-term opportunity
  • Research Psychologist within the Matilda Centre located in Camperdown Campus
  • Base Salary $104,633 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use provides a world-first synergy of leading prevention, early intervention, treatment research and translation programs in substance use and mental disorders. The Matilda Centre brings together researchers currently working across disorder silos (substance use, depression, suicide, anxiety, exercise physiology, dietetics, chronic disease) to share skills, synergise data, and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention and early intervention programs for substance use and mental disorders. The Centre is further developing its capacity to disseminate, translate and implement best-practice evidence for the alcohol and other drug and mental health workforces. Associate Professor Christina Marel is Program Lead of Treatment and Translation in Complex Populations at the Matilda Centre and is currently growing her team of researchers to develop a program that will continue to build workforce capacity.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Psychologist to join the Matilda Centre and contribute to our growing program of work, focused on building the capacity of alcohol and other drug workforce to respond to mental health conditions. The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, and the role will involve delivering training workshops to alcohol and other drug services and workers, supporting moderation and facilitation of an online community of practice for health care workers, and producing content summaries and reports. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the training and project activities. They will work directly with a team of junior and senior researchers.

A Cover Letter addressing the 'About you' Selection Criteria is required for consideration for this position.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Deliver evidence-based workforce training to alcohol and other drug workers across Australia
  • evaluate training programs, analyse data, and draft reports
  • consult with healthcare practitioners and other stakeholders, and contribute to training and educational materials as appropriate
  • contribute to the moderation and facilitation of an online community of practice
  • deliver evidence-based workshops, seminars and other presentations to alcohol and other drug, mental health and other practitioner workers
  • contribute to academic research and present findings
  • foster open communication and collaboration within the team, addressing stakeholder queries and concerns in a timely manner, building trust within immediate work networks
  • maintain required certifications for ongoing professional practice as appropriate
  • monitor risk within the team, promote workplace health and safety, ensure alignment with university policies, and proactively address potential challenges
  • undertake other duties and projects appropriate within the classification level as required

About you

  • Master's qualifications in psychology
  • Australian driver's license and willingness to travel (reimbursement available)
  • unrestricted registration as a Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • possess sound training skills, and experience delivering workplace training
  • sound judgement and a demonstrated understanding of the relationship between substance use and mental health disorders
  • previous experience working with people experiencing co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, psychological assessment, and interventions
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • demonstrated experience in building and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • ability to research, evaluate, and summarise relevant information from various sources
  • demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise work, sometimes under pressure, with competing priorities and sometimes limited supervision.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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