Research assistant in youth mental health

About us

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health 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), 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.

Orygen is seeking a highly motivated research assistant to work on the Reduce study. The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting trial participants, conducting interviews and assessments, collecting and recording accurate study data and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders. The successful incumbent may be required to work on other trials within different projects.

This position will report to the project manager and the lead study investigator.

The role

Part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed term position available for 12 months

Research and research training

  • Recruit research participants from a range of clinical programs and the community.
  • Interview participants using multiple standardised clinical assessment instruments according to the research protocol.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with clinical teams and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to data collection and analysis, using specialised programs for qualitative/quantitative data assessment such as SPSS.
  • The co-production of conference and seminar papers and publications and attendance and presentations at conferences and seminars where appropriate.
  • Contribute to publications arising from scholarship and research, such as publication of books and in peer reviewed journals.

Leadership and service

  • Actively participate at project team and/or division meetings and with guidance, contribute to planning activities or committee work to support capacity-building.
  • Under the guidance of senior academics, identify sources of funding to support individual or collaborative projects, relating to teaching, research and engagement practice.

To apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and a supporting statement that addresses the key selection criteria.

For a copy of the position description including the key selection criteria and to submit your application, please visit the University of Melbourne website

Closing Date for Applications: 25 August 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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.