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Young Men’s Mental Health Research Assistant with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parcville

Role Type: Full-time or part-time (0.8 FTE) available; 12 month CDD

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Youth Mental Health Center

Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 per year plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s No. 1 university and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

About the 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, where academic and professional staff supplied to Orygen are now based . All NHMRC and ARC grants to be used for Orygen activities are managed within CYMH.

The creation of this academic and administrative structure reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this area of ​​research 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.

The President of the Center for Youth Mental Health is Professor Patrick McGorry. Reporting arrangements are through the University of Melbourne structure with direct reporting to Professor Jane Gunn, Dean of the Faculty.

About the role

A Research Assistant is required to support a program of work funded by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) involving the conduct of a series of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of interventions focusing on suicide prevention in boys and men. In close collaboration with the Gender and Social Psychiatry team and the wider group of investigators, you will be primarily involved in carrying out a randomized controlled trial of an online intervention for mental health practitioners entitled “Men in Mind”. This is an online course aimed at improving the skills of mental health practitioners in engaging and responding to men seeking help.

In a typical week at work, you can:

  • Undertake and coordinate new, innovative research within the program of randomized controlled trials and broader research focused on men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Support in the coordination of research, including contributing and leading peer-reviewed articles, ethical submissions, and seeking project funding.
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, publication and knowledge translation of the results of the various studies. Contribute to the supervision of junior staff members

About you

Ability to apply relevant research methodologies, with knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and able to manage a research project. Your strong interpersonal and communication skills allow you to establish and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders. You will have highly developed organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet project deadlines, as well as excellent organizational and time management skills.

You will also have:

  • An honors bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree (or nearly completed doctorate) in psychological sciences, neurosciences, biomedical sciences, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in team research, preferably in the area of ​​men’s mental health and/or suicide prevention interventions.
  • A demonstrated interest in research with clinical populations and/or research addressing clinical concepts (e.g., suicide risk) and related concepts of engagement in treatment.

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 and 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

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages, disabilities or from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. 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

If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected]

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritizing applicants with valid work rights in Australia and applicants who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidelines and directives issued by the Victorian Minister of Health. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully immunized against COVID-19 unless an exemption order applies. All applicants must therefore meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Closing of applications: July 04, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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