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Suicide Prevention Research Fellow, Chatsafe job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Orygene, Parkville

Role type: Full time; 2 year CDD

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Youth Mental Health Center

Salary: Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 per year plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne wishes to acknowledge and honor the traditional owners of the lands on which our campuses are located, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We recognize that the land on which we meet and learn was the site of centuries-old ceremonies, celebration, initiation and renewal, and that local indigenous peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the lives of these lands.

About – Youth Mental Health Center

In January 2009, the University of Melbourne established a new Center for Youth Mental Health (CYMH) within the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The creation of this academic and administrative structure reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this field of inquiry and knowledge, as well as its growing scientific and practical breadth and importance. This is only the fourth such supra-departmental structure to be established at the Faculty and there is to date no parallel elsewhere in Australia.

About the role

A post-doctoral research position is available on the #chatsafe project. The #chatsafe guidelines, first published in 2018, are the first guidelines in the world to help young people talk about suicide safely online. Alongside the guidelines, a series of national social media campaigns aim to make young people safer when communicating about suicide online. The researcher will help lead a series of research trials testing the effectiveness of guidelines and campaigns in helping young people talk about suicide safely online.

The researcher will be responsible for developing RCT study protocols, seeking ethical approvals, directing participant recruitment, collecting and assisting in the analysis of study data, managing day-to-day testing activities and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders. The researcher will contribute to the writing of publications and the dissemination of results through conferences and other academic and industrial opportunities. This position reports to Assistant Professor Jo Robinson, Head of Suicide Prevention Research, and Michelle Lamblin, Program Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in research independently and as a member of a research team
  • Build on the existing #chatsafe database to design and conduct randomized controlled trials for diverse populations, articulating research questions, methodology, data sources and consent procedures
  • Actively participate in certain outreach activities related to research and scholarship
  • Maintain a good knowledge of current University policies and procedures and follow them reliably or provide advice consistent with others

About you

Your strong interpersonal and communication skills will enable you to initiate, manage and maintain partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders from community, health, policy and research settings. You will bring a demonstrated track record of using initiative, working with minimal supervision, and the ability to prioritize tasks to achieve project goals on time.

You will also have:

  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience in independent and team research in youth mental health programs or related area
  • Demonstrated experience writing research publications independently or as part of a research team, as well as submitting grants and publishing manuscripts for publication
  • A strong research profile, demonstrating expertise in suicide prevention, youth-onset mental disorders, and mental health interventions

To ensure that the University continues to provide a safe environment for all, this position requires the incumbent to hold an up-to-date and valid working with children verification.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

Benefits of working with us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and meet challenges, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our employees enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages, people with disabilities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, your resume, and your responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

^For information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

We are committed to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected]

Job Description : 0056891_Research Fellow-SuicidePrevention_#chatsafe_PD.pdf

Closing of applications: SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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