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Research Officer

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

Job posted on: 22 January, 2019.
Applications close: 17 February, 2019. (Expired)

  • Become part of a team that is devoted to making the world a mentally healthier place
  • Provide research support to the collaborative Workplace Mental Health team, working on an app to support the mental health of working Australians
  • Full-time, 12-month contract

About the Institute:

The Black Dog Institute is a Medical Research Institute and a global leader in translational mental health research. We harness the latest technology and other tools to quickly turn our world-class research findings into clinical services, education and e-health products that improve the lives of people with mental illness and the wider community.

We pride ourselves on translating our own world leading Workplace Mental Health research into an award-winning culture that encompasses a holistic view of wellbeing. We aim to create a positive, mentally healthy workplace that recognises the importance of meaningful work, balanced lifestyles, psychological well-being and continual learning whilst being guided by our core values - Collaboration, Compassion, Excellence, Innovation and Respect. We offer:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Salary packaging
  • Commitment to Learning and Development
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet friendly office
  • Social and team events

About the Role:

The purpose of the Research Officer position is to provide research support to the Workplace Mental Health Program within the Black Dog Institute. Specifically, this role will focus on a project to finalise the development and conduct an evaluation of a smartphone app to support the mental health of working Australians.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide a significant level of research support including contribution to research design, preparation of research protocols, undertaking literature searches, preparation and maintenance of ethics applications and reports, collection and storage of research data.
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative analyses and interpretation using multiple tools and methodologies.
  • Assist with design and roll-out of randomised controlled trials to test the effectiveness of individually tailored e-health interventions in the prevention of common mental disorders amongst working populations.
  • Assist with the product testing of e-Mental Health programs, and liaise with IT and User Experience Teams as necessary.
  • Manage administrative and research tasks associated with the project including milestone tracking and expense management where appropriate.
  • Travelling within Sydney area as projects require.
  • Assist with research or administrative support of the Workplace Mental Health Research team as required.
  • Undertake statistical analysis of data arising from the Prevention Hub research program and other related projects.
  • Assist with the preparation of grant applications, manuscripts, and written reports to funding agencies and ethics applications, as required.
  • Work with IT teams and software developers to finalise content of new and modified eHealth interventions aimed at the prevention of depression and improvement in other mental health outcomes amongst Australian workers.

Selection Criteria:


  • Honours Degree in Psychology, Public Health or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in health research, including preparing ethics applications, and designing and implementing quantitative and/or qualitative research projects.
  • Familiarity with psychological interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy, behavioural activation and/or mindfulness techniques.
  • Previous experience in collecting, analysing and interpreting research data.
  • Well-developed written skills with demonstrated experience in writing academic papers for publication.
  • Strong oral communication skills with experience delivering presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Proficient skills with data management and data analysis, and experience with software such as STATA, SPSS, R.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with strong ability to professionally liaise and build collaborative relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders including senior medical staff.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both within a team and with minimal supervision.
  • Strong computing skills with Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of EEO principles and WH&S responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant WH&S training.


  • Experience in the design, development and evaluation of online programs and/or smartphone applications.
  • Experience in a mental health research setting.
  • Experience conducting clinical trial research.
  • Post graduate qualifications in a relevant discipline.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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