First listed on: 16 September 2021

  • Based at Barwon Health, Geelong
  • Full-time (36.75 hours per week), fixed term for 12 months with the potential for extension
  • RES_148 $65,363 + 17% Superannuation

Deakin’s Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT) uses cutting-edge approaches to translate our medical research from the laboratory to real-world solutions. We are currently seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to assist with research in the area of clinical trials in psychiatry. You will be actively involved in the day-to-day conduct of clinical trials of novel treatments for depression. A crucial element of your role will see you recruit and interview potential trial participants, screening them for suitability to enter the clinical trials, and if suitable enrol them in the trials and collect data from participants at scheduled appointments as described in the trial protocol.

The incumbent will also be involved in data entry and data management, will undertake management of biological samples, assist in recruitment strategies and participant contact, and undertake general administrative duties involved in research conducted within the unit. These are multi-site clinical trials, and the incumbent will work as part of a team of researchers, with small teams based at each site.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Data collection for the study via conducting interview assessments with research participants using psychiatric rating scales and other validated questionnaires
  • Recruitment and follow-up of research participants (including booking appointments)
  • Managing the research projects in which they are involved on a day-to-day basis by ensuring that data is being collected and stored appropriately
  • Effective communication and liaison with other research staff within the IMPACT Institute, Deakin University, Barwon Health and other collaborating groups
  • Familiarity with the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and a commitment to operate within these guidelines
  • Maintaining strict standards of confidentially
  • Attend relevant meetings and participate in planning and review of research project(s)

 To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Completion of a degree or post-graduate qualifications in psychology, nursing, social work or other relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to produce clear and accurate communications
  • Proven capability to work positively and effectively as part of a collaborative work team, to accommodate and work well with different working styles and to work independently where required with a demonstrated ability to liaise with (and or negotiate with) research participants and other research teams
  • Demonstrated written and administrative skills including proficient use of Microsoft Office products
  • Demonstrated organisational skills including the ability to maintain a high standard of data record keeping, attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines
  • Experience in clinical interviewing using psychiatric rating scales and other validated questionnaires for people with mood disorders would be highly desirable
  • Previous experience in clinical trials (preferably investigator-initiated trials) *desirable
  • Clinical or research experience in psychiatry with a sound knowledge of current psychiatric principles and practices *desirable
  • Previous experience in data entry and management using REDCap *desirable
  • Demonstrated skills in the publication of research journal articles, conference papers, report, or professional or technical contributions and / or demonstrated skills in the preparation of research manuscripts *desirable
  • Experience in pathology (blood samples) * desirable

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Deakin Careers.

Applications for this position close on Wednesday 29th September.


  • This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working with Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details) and a Police Check will be required
  • Infrequent work outside business hours may be required (e.g. work at evening or weekend events may be required)

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Dr Melanie Ashton, Associate Research Fellow CADET, at

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