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Research Assistant - Mental Health

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258-$108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
2 May 2024

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Job Details

Job no: 0062258
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry
Salary: Level A – $80,258-$108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Impactful research contributing to mental health resilience.
  • Opportunity for professional growth in a supportive team environment.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role 

This is a compelling opportunity for a skilled Research Assistant to join Phoenix Australia, a leading center dedicated to addressing the mental health impacts of trauma. As a pivotal member of the research team, you'll engage in diverse projects aimed at understanding, preventing, and mitigating trauma-related mental health challenges, particularly among high-risk groups like emergency services personnel and military veterans. With a focus on crafting impactful reports and publications, research trial support, and data analysis, and  you'll contribute significantly to the center's mission while honing your research skills in a supportive and collaborative environment. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct literature reviews including systematic reviews, rapid evidence assessments and narrative reviews.
  • Work within project teams to provide analytical research and report writing skills;
  • Contribute to writing of ethics applications, project reports and peer review journal articles;
  • Plan for and maintain participant tracking databases including within excel and SPSS (including data entry);
  • Conduct descriptive and univariate statistical data analysis (e.g. t-test, ANOVA).

Who We Are Looking For

You excel in problem-solving and possess superb organisational skills, adept at meeting deadlines and prioritizing tasks effectively. You thrive in collaborative environments, fostering strong working relationships to achieve project objectives seamlessly.

You will also have:

  • Undergraduate degree with first class Honours in psychology or related mental health field;
  • Demonstrated skill in writing high quality reports and/or manuscripts for peer review;
  • Evidence of ability to analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data and maintain accurate data records.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Phoenix Australia

Phoenix Australia is an independent not-for-profit company and a registered charity. With an affiliation with the University of Melbourne, our staff are mostly employed by the university and we have a close working relationship with the Department of Psychiatry within the Melbourne Medical School.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit


We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 02 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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