Research Assistant, Psychiatry (Trial Psychotherapist)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jun 5, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0062829
Location: Austin Health
Role type:
Part-time (0.4FTE); Fixed-term for 2 years
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Psychiatry
Academic A – $80,258- $108,906 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% super

About the Role
This position involves delivering a new psychotherapy in a clinical trial for Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks (DSCATT), also known as Australian Lyme Disease. Based in the Department of Psychiatry at the Austin Hospital and funded by the NHMRC, the role includes working with a multidisciplinary team to test a therapy combining cognitive behavioural and acceptance and commitment approaches. Supervised by experts Professors Trudie Chalder and Sarah Wilson, this role is ideal for a Master of Psychology graduate seeking a Registrar position.

Your responsibilities will include:

Who We Are Looking For
You will be a sensitive and empathetic individual with strong written and verbal communication skills, capable of working both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to achieve project goals and meet deadlines.

You will also have:

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

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

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

Your New Team – Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne is a leading institution focused on advancing mental health research and education. With a dedicated team and diverse research areas, we strive to improve understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Join us to make a meaningful impact and shape the future of mental health.

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
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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, 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:

^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 Walid Abdullatif 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.