Research Fellow (Co-Design)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • May 5, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0055905
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of General Practice
Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

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 Department of General Practice

The Department of General Practice originated as a unit within the Department of Community Medicine in 1977. It was established as a separate department within the School of Medicine in 2001 and established the Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU) as a centre of excellence in primary care research, research training and knowledge exchange in 2006. The Department has 68 (full time equivalent) staff supported by an operating budget of $7 million and research income of approximately $11 million annually.

About the Role

We seek a passionate individual to join the co-design team of the Primary Care Mental Health research program located at the University of Melbourne and to be co-located with The ALIVE National Centre for Mental Health Research Translation research team. The ALIVE National Centre coordinates a large Co-Design Living Labs national network founded by the Primary Care Mental Health Research program.

The Co-Design Living Labs national network bring people with lived-experience of mental ill-health and people who care as either unpaid carers, families and kinship group members together with researchers, industry and other agencies (as appropriate) for co-design. This includes co-creating new models of care, co-designing health interventions for implementation, materials for research, development of digital products, technologies and co-design for service improvement and health systems transformation. Co-design is also undertaken with clinical staff and other stakeholders as needed for the topic and issue being addressed.

In a typical week at work, you may:

About You

You will have solid written and verbal communication skills and the ability to write and prepare reports with oversight and direction. You will have the ability to work independently where needed to plan and prepare for co-design and have excellent communication strategies and skills for facilitation of small to large groups. You will have the knowledge of co-design concepts leading to effective sharing of information with people who have different perspectives and knowledge and have a solid understanding of the fields of service design, co-design, participatory design, re-design, systems transformation and translation research and policy.

Ideally, you will further have:

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

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

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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.

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