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

Location: Parkville

Role type: Full time or Part time (0.8 FTE) available; Fixed-term for 12 months

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Centre for Youth Mental Health

Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Centre for Youth Mental Health

In January 2009 the University of Melbourne established a new Centre for Youth Mental Health (CYMH) within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, where the academic and professional staff who are provided 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 field of inquiry and knowledge, and its growing scientific and practical breadth and significance. This is only the fourth such supra-departmental structure to be created in the Faculty and there is no parallel to date anywhere else in Australia.

The Chair of the Centre for Youth Mental Health is Professor Patrick McGorry.  Reporting arrangements are through the University of Melbourne structure with a direct report 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 delivery of a series of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of interventions focusing on suicide prevention in boys and men. Working closely with the Gender and Social Psychiatry team and the wider investigator group, you will primarily be involved in the delivery of a randomised-controlled trial of an online intervention for mental health practitioners entitled “Men in Mind”. This is an online course aiming to upskill mental health practitioners in engaging and responding to help-seeking men.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Undertake and coordinate innovative novel research as part of the program of randomised controlled trials and broader research focusing on men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Support in the coordination of research, including contributions to, and leading of peer reviewed articles, ethics submissions and seeking project funding.
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, publication and knowledge translation of results from the various studies. Contribute to supervision of junior staff members

About You

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

You will further have:

  • An Honours, Masters of PhD (or near-completion of PhD) degree in Psychological Sciences, Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated track record of team-based research, preferably in 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 treatment engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

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

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • 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 that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities or culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates 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 guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Applications close: 04 Jul 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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