Research Assistant in Psychology

Randwick, Australia
06 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

Funded in November 2012 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) aims to build research capacity through the generation of innovative new research regarding the effective prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. These aims are achieved via three main research streams focusing on the prevention, treatment, and epidemiology, of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. An integral component of the CREMS is the translation of these research findings into policy, training and practice; thereby expanding our capacity to respond to comorbidity nationally and internationally.

About the role

  • $71K-$81K plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • Fixed Term for 12 Months, with possibility of continuation
  • 0.8 full-time equivalent (28 hours per week)

The Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) within the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is seeking a research assistant to contribute to the research and dissemination activities of the Prevention team, which focuses on preventing substance use and mental health problems among young people.

The research assistant will be based at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and will contribute to prevention research, and in particular, assist with the adaptation, development and evaluation of culturally-appropriate school-based drug and alcohol prevention resources for and in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, public health, behavioural or social sciences;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and ethical considerations;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research in the fields of mental health and/or substance use, including experience with data collection, management and analysis;
  • Proficiency carrying out literature reviews within academic databases;
  • Strong organisational skills including the ability to prioritise a range of tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Previous experience in health communication among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, experience working with young people and/or use of online technologies would be well regarded.

See full selection criteria in position descriptionYou should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Dr Mieke Snijder, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


T: (61 2) 8936 1134

Applications close: 13th January, 2018