Research Fellow in Community and Elite Sport Mental Health

Full-time/part-time, fixed-term position available for 12 months

About us

Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (Orygen) is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

At Orygen, our leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.

The company has three Members: the Colonial Foundation, the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.

The University of Melbourne has an agreement with Orygen for designated employees to be made available to undertake activities for Orygen, and this arrangement will apply to you. University employees working at Orygen are required at all times to continue to adhere to University policies, procedures, regulations and statutes, as well as to Orygen policies and procedures (including Orygen’s delegations of authority framework which can be found at, but the University’s policies and procedures shall prevail in the event of any inconsistency. For the period of participating in activities at Orygen, you will be subject to the reasonable control and direction of Orygen.  You consent to the University disclosing to Orygen your personal employment information solely for the purposes of facilitating your secondment to Orygen, and that such disclosure will not be a breach of any of your privacy rights. Working closely with the Human Resources Manager, the Human Resources Advisor is responsible for providing operational support and advice across the full range of HR policy and practice including but not limited to recruitment and selection, onboarding and induction, pay and conditions, and performance management. 

The Community and Elite Sport Mental Health Research Fellow will work in collaboration with other researchers on joint initiatives where appropriate to further the research and academic goals of Orygen. Community and Elite Sport Mental Health Research Fellow is expected to conduct high quality, high impact research and be willing to present this research at local and international meetings on behalf of the organisation.

The suitably qualified Research Fellow is expected to have well-established academic skills and a strong academic performance, evidence by a commitment to publication. Applicants with dual clinical and research training are strongly encouraged to apply. The position requires a highly motivated and productive Research Fellow, who will assist with the translation of research findings into scholarly publications, support grant applications and contribute to administration of projects (including assistance with ethics applications). Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively liaise with external stakeholders is essential.

You will report to, and work under the direction of Dr Simon Rice, Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist. 

The position will be located at 35 Poplar Road, Parkville.

The role

Research and research training

  • Support the research and translation work of the community and elite sports research team by coordinating activities and outputs.
  • Lead the development of high quality research publications based on existing and new data, undertake and publish systematic reviews as required, contribute to other research outputs (e.g., reports and summaries).
  • Liaise with key stakeholders; headspace centre staff and youth advisors, Orygen clinical staff and youth advisors, community and elite sports settings.
  • Provide constructive feedback to other members of the community and elite sports team on project matters as required.
  •    The production of conference and seminar papers and publications.
  • Supervision or co-supervision of honours or postgraduate research projects within research area.

Leadership and service

  • Actively participate at project team and/or division meetings and contribute to planning activities or committee work to support capacity-building.
  • Effective induction, supervision and training of research support staff (e.g., research assistants).
  • Under the guidance of senior academics, identify sources of funding to support individual or collaborative projects, relating to teaching, research and engagement practice.
  • Participate in community and professional activities related to the relevant disciplinary area.
  • Effective demonstration and promotion of Orygen and University values including diversity and inclusion and high standards of ethics and integrity.

About you


  • PhD or DPsych in Clinical Psychology or a similar field, with a major research component, recognised by the Australian Psychological Society (for applicants with clinical training, Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia).

  • Evidence of an emerging national academic research profile (e.g., through citations to published work, invited speaking opportunities or conference presentations, media engagement).

  • A high level of knowledge about mental disorders and psychosocial issues affecting young people

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills, including authorship of academic publication or other reports

  • A strong desire to develop a research career and motivation in applying for fellowship or grant funding to potentially maintain the position.

  • Experience in identifying, selecting and critically appraising high-quality research evidence

  • Ability to liaise effectively with clinical and research staff

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, particularly a demonstrated ability to simultaneously work on multiple tasks

  • Demonstrated ability to use word processing, electronic medical and psychological search engines and databases, and reference management software (eg. Endnote)

  • Experience presenting research findings at conferences or other forums


  • Clinical training and registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

  • Experience in the supervision or co-supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students and other staff.

  • Track record of research grant procurement.

To apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter and a supporting statement that addresses the key selection criteria.Applications must be made via the University of Melbourne website.

Closing Date for Applications: 1 April 2019.

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.  We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Orygen reserves the right to close the advertisement before this date is reached. Therefore it is encouraged that you submit your application as soon as possible.