Research Assistant

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Nov 21, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0057707
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Part-time or full-time (0.6-1.0 FTE); Fixed Term position available for 24 months
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Contemplative Studies Centre, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Level A $77,171 - $81,572 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - The Contemplative Studies Centre in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

The Contemplative Studies Centre (CSC) is an exciting new initiative set up with a large philanthropic donation and designed to deliver ground-breaking rigorous research, innovative educational offerings and a world-class engagement series.

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is one of six schools within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. It is consistently ranked one of the top Schools of Psychology in Australia and was ranked 17th in the world in the 2020 QS global rankings. The School is undergoing vigorous growth and attracts some of the best students nationally and internationally to its broad range of APS accredited undergraduate, graduate, professional, and research programs.

About the Role
The Research Assistant will provide support for research studies at the CSC. There are two flagship projects being undertaken by the CSC. The first project will be a randomised controlled trial of commercial app-based meditation for addressing mental health issues and promoting well-being. The second project is a prospective longitudinal study examining the experiences of individuals as they progress in an existing meditation practice and exploring whether such experiences match traditional meditation progress expectations. The second project includes extensive consultation with representatives from meditation traditions to achieve consensus around markers of meditative progress. Both projects involve preliminary pilot studies. This research assistant position will support these and other projects.

Responsibilities include:

About You
You possess strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) and work with a collaborative approach. You will bring your excellent communication skills with an ability to communicate complex information clearly both orally and in writing. Your excellent organisation and time management skills will be a valuable asset in this role.

You will also have:

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University
The University of Melbourne 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.

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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We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

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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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