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Research Assistants

Employer: Black Dog Institute
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Mental Health & Counselling, Policy & Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 09 January, 2017.
Applications close: 22 January, 2017. (Expired)

About the organisation:

Founded in 2002, The Black Dog Institute is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention, early intervention and treatment of mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder. The Institute is a leader in suicide prevention and eHealth, the use of technology in delivering mental health treatments, tools and interventions.

Our mission is to enable mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation. Our work is unique in that it combines high quality translational research, clinical expertise and education programs. Research discoveries are translated into evidence-based clinical practices and education programs, focussing on wellbeing and prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery.

About the roles:

A number of research positions are being recruited to the Lifespan project and salary will be negotiated with each applicant commensurate with experience.

The Research Assistants will contribute to research and development related to the establishment of LifeSpan (the Systems Approach to Suicide Prevention). This may include conducting literature searches, contributing to written documents and evidence translation, supporting the development of implementation resources based on implementation science, and developing trial protocols, evaluation and engagement frameworks, surveys, templates and tools.  

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Critical examination of the literature by undertaking literature reviews.
  • Produce high quality research summaries.
  • Perform general administrative tasks associated with the project.
  • Other miscellaneous duties as required to undertake the project, as requested by the project Director, or as required by Black Dog Institute staff procedures.
  • Identify, analyse and interpret key themes in relevant studies.
  • Integrate the findings of relevant studies in suicide prevention strategies into a report.
  • Find and critically evaluate relevant studies in suicide prevention.
  • Perform research work in archives, through interviews, online, or whatever may be appropriate to assist the assistant’s supervisor.
  • Meets regularly with supervisor to discuss research assignments
  • Gather and analyse data
  • Attend project meetings.
  • Prepares other articles, reports, and presentations
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the Black Dog Institute and take all reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of others in the Black Dog Institute.

To be successful in this role you should have:

  • Honours Degree (or above) and specialisation in one of the following fields:
    • Psychology
    • Mental health literacy
    • Suicidology
    • Aboriginal mental health and/or suicide prevention
    • Mental health
    • Behavioural science
    • Behavioural economics/Behavioural insights
    • Implementation Science
    • Education
    • Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    • Social science or another relevant discipline with relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Demonstrated experience undertaking literature searches and reviews
  • Strong written communications skills
  • An ability to work both in a team and independently, with a high level of flexibility and initiative with minimal supervision
  • Strong organisational skills with proven ability to meet deadlines, demonstrate effective time management and adapt to changing priorities
  • Experience writing research reports


  • Experience working as a Research Assistant/Researcher
  • Experience gathering, collating and analysing data
  • Field experience recruiting trial participants
  • Experience in the not for profit sector.
  • Experience in the mental health field.
  • A record of research output, as evidenced by peer review publications or reports, either published or demonstrably in the process of publication.
  • Knowledge of EEO/AA principles

We value applied lived experience in the work we do. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

A full position description is attached below.

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