Research Assistant, Tuning in to Kids (TIK)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Dec 9, 2021

Job Description:

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Mindful - Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health

Mindful – Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and auspiced by the University of Melbourne and Monash University. It provides professional development training to the child development industry, including one- and two-year courses enrolling approximately 100 students annually.

In addition Mindful provides a full calendar of half-day to three-day training workshops in key areas such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as more specialist areas such as Psychiatric Assessments for the Family Court. Mindful provides the venue and staff for Melbourne-based Tuning in to Kids® facilitator training and supervision.

Mindful is the lead agency for the early intervention studies associated with the Tuning in to Kids® suite of program, and the evaluation of these programs is the key component of Mindful research activities, including the supervision of Masters and PhD student.

About the Role

The incumbent will be responsible for undertaking all statistical analyses relevant to evaluation of the Tuning in to Kids suite of programs via use of data from Randomised Controlled Trials (i.e. from preliminary analyses through to conducting analyses that allow the testing of time by condition interactions, moderation and mediation analyses, including using multilevel analyses). The incumbent will also undertake drafting of journal papers undertaking literature reviews, work on grant applications and undertake a range of administrative duties on the research projects as directed by the Leader, Tuning in to Kids (Professor Sophie Havighurst) and the Research Manager (Dr Christiane Kehoe).

The position reports to the Leader, Tuning in to Kids, Professor Sophie Havighurst. While the services are located at Mindful in Travancore (Flemington) due to University of Melbourne current policy on working from home, the incumbent will be required to work from home for some of the time.

In a typical week at work, you may:

About You

You have experience in writing research papers for publication in academic journals, as well as reviewing research literature competently. Your knowledge of child development, development of problem behaviour, and environmental influences will serve you well in this role. Your excellent written and verbal communication skills will be essential, as you liaise with a wide range of people, as will your ability to work independently, organising your day to day workload and still meeting competing deadlines with high quality work outputs.

Ideally, you will further have:

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

To find out more, please visit

Be Yourself @ UoM

At UoM we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Whilst we encourage applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at