First listed on: 16 January 2018

Research Assistant

Sydney Medical School
Reference no. 2397/1117

  • Located Northern Clinical School – Department of Psychiatry, Level 3 Main Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
  • Full-time fixed term position for 12 months (further extension may be possible)
  • Remuneration package: $84K p.a. pro rata which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest medical school undertaking teaching and research in health and medicine of international standing. The Discipline of Psychiatry is one such research and teaching unit of the Sydney Medical School.

Based in the Department of Psychiatry at the Royal North Shore Hospital, the research program run by Professor Gin Malhi offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of academic and clinical research.

The Research Assistant will provide administrative services and operational support to the Chief Investigator and their team to coordinate a research trial along with the research activity and requirements for the work area. This includes providing technical support to research projects including screening and recruiting patients, conducting clinical and neuropsychological assessments and providing logistical support to the clinical research work. This includes coordinating grant applications and submissions, performing literature searches, synthesizing findings, preparing compliance reporting and storing data that is collected from research projects for further analysis.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Assistant who has:

  • completed tertiary qualifications in Psychology or related discipline and relevant experience in related field
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters and ability to liaise with health professionals
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • strong problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • the demonstrated ability to conduct interviews with research participants
  • experience in carrying out scientific literary searches, and preparing literary reviews for further analysis
  • advanced skills data analysis, using statistical analysis tools, and reporting on research findings
  • experience in a research-intensive clinical environment
  • experience working with patients with mood disorders and in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications will be considered favourably.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements.

This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

To undertake this position the successful applicant will need to complete a police/criminal check.  

Closing date: 11.30pm 22 January 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


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