Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Feb 6, 2024

Job Description:

Job no:0061465
Role type:Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty:Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
School: Psychological Sciences
Salary: Level A – $101,460 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Lead a randomised controlled trial for psychological intervention for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, collaborating with a survivor-led charitable partner.

  • Engage in impactful research, directly contributing to survivors' well-being, utilizing trauma-informed practices, and gaining diverse experience in intervention delivery.

  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to lead a randomised controlled trial on a novel psychological intervention for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. The role involves collaboration with a survivor-led charitable partner, direct work with survivors, managing recruitment, conducting assessments, interviews, data collection, and manuscript writing, while adhering to trauma-informed practices and supporting the school's ethos and University policies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting and coordinating data collection activities.

  • Identifying risk scenarios and triaging appropriately, with supervision from a clinical psychologist.

  • Participating in research independently and as a member of a research team.

  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with the charitable partner.

Who We Are Looking For
The successful candidate will possess a background in trauma-related mental health, demonstrating flexibility, independence, and effective collaboration skills. Strong communication and engagement abilities, genuine commitment to co-producing research with those with lived experience, experience in standardised assessments, as well as a desire for a psychology career trajectory, are essential.

You will also have:

  • A postgraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline.

  • Background and experience in trauma-related mental health, and ability to work in a trauma-informed manner.

  • High degree of independence, flexibility, and responsiveness to changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to independent and team-based research.   

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, ranked among the top schools of psychology in Australia and globally, offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a profound impact in the field. With a focus on excellence in research and teaching, the School attracts exceptional students and fosters a vibrant community of academic, teaching, and research professionals. Collaborative research links with prestigious institutions and departments further enrich the academic environment.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself
The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Brett via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.