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Research Officer


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

Job posted on: 17 October, 2019.
Applications close: 30 October, 2019. (Expired)

  • Become part of a team that is devoted to making the world a mentally healthier place.
  • Join an innovative Research team, helping to manage a research project that involves developing and evaluating a new mental health training program for secondary school teachers
  • 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 Research Officer position will help manage a research project that involves developing and evaluating a new mental health training program for secondary school teachers. This role will support this large research project to ensure that the Institute creates and delivers an effective, engaging, and useful mental health training resource.

The primary duty of this position is to provide a high level of research support and management to the BEAM (Building Educators Awareness of Adolescent Mental health) Project. This position is broadly responsible for supporting the adaptation and evaluation of the training program with scientific rigour. This position will be responsible for coordinating this project, ensuring it is managed within timeframe and budget and that all research outputs are of high quality.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain records of budget expenditure costs associated with the project and liaise with the budget holder to assist in the management of the project account
  • Travelling within the Sydney area and to regional areas as projects require
  • Actively contribute to the success of the broader Smooth Sailing research program by attending weekly team meetings, aiding other relevant projects, ensuring appropriate record-keeping, complying with workplace policies and working collaboratively alongside other staff
  • Provide support to the research design process including preparation of research protocols, undertaking literature searches, conducting comprehensive reviews, preparing ethics applications and research reports
  • Be actively involved in the recruitment of study participants, collection and storage of research data
  • Support the design and implementation of appropriate quantitative and qualitative research practices including collations, analysis, and interpretation of datasets and statistical analysis of data using appropriate methodologies
  • Contribute to publishing a range of academic and non-academic research outputs that are of high quality
  • Oversee the quality improvement process for adapting and amending the existing BEAM program and other digital health interventions in response to end-user feedback
  • Liaise with the internal Information Technology team to facilitate technology improvements and updates
  • Using the Black Dog Institute research engine to conduct research studies and collect research data
  • Support relationships with external partners, including design agencies
  • Liaise and facilitate communication with internal and external stakeholders for related projects such as health departments, philanthropic bodies, and other research groups to provide progress reports, funding reports and disseminate study findings
  • Provide accurate and timely reports on research data as requested and contribute to the dissemination of results
  • Support the preparation of tenders and grants for external funding and contribute to those initiated by colleagues

Selection Criteria:

Essential Criteria:

  1. A tertiary degree with honours in psychology, public health, allied health, or other relevant area
  2. A minimum of two (2) years of experience in coordinating and conducting mental health research projects
  3. Highly developed written and oral communication skills, with a demonstrated track record in contributing to academic outputs and writing for diverse audiences
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to liaise with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders to build collaborative relationships
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team and with minimal supervision
  6. A valid Working With Children Check or the eligibility to obtain one upon employment offer

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Experience working in e-health and digital technology
  2. Experience working with teachers and/or schools
  3. Experience in adult training and education

A position description is attached.

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