Research assistant in mood disorders (SKY-D)

Research assistant in mood disorders (SKY-D)

About the role

An exciting opportunity is now available for a part-time (0.8 FTE) research assistant to join a clinical trial investigating ketamine as a treatment for youth depression.

The research assistant will be required to join the Study of Ketamine for Youth Depression (SKY-D).  SKY-D is an NHMRC-funded randomised-controlled trial looking at whether low dose ketamine is an effective treatment for moderate-to-severe depression in young people aged 16-25 years.

Please refer to the position description for the selection criteria and other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

About you

Skills and experience:

  • a postgraduate degree (Honours, Masters or doctoral degree) in behavioural or social sciences or a related discipline or substantial progress towards a PhD;
  • a strong interest in youth-onset mental health disorders and mental health interventions;
  • strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic or research career trajectory;
  • demonstrated ability to apply research methodologies and quantitative/qualitative data analysis;
  • demonstrated ability to contribute to independent and team based research;
  • demonstrated ability to articulate scholarly research through public presentations at division or Orygen-level forums;
  • demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective research collaboration and engagement;
  • well-developed organisation and time management skills;
  • experience of conducting interviews;
  • flexible and responsive to changing priorities; and
  • high level of proficiency in the use of standard application software such as the Microsoft Office suite.

About us

Orygen is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

The company has three members: the Colonial Foundation, The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.

The University of Melbourne has an agreement with Orygen for designated employees to be made available to undertake activities for Orygen, and this arrangement will apply to you. University employees working at Orygen are required at all times to continue to adhere to University policies, procedures, regulations and statutes, as well as to Orygen policies and procedures (including Orygen’s delegations of authority framework), but the University’s policies and procedures shall prevail in the event of any inconsistency. For the period of participating in activities at Orygen, you will be subject to the reasonable control and direction of Orygen.  You consent to the University disclosing to Orygen your personal employment information solely for the purposes of facilitating your Secondment to Orygen, and that such disclosure will not be a breach of any of your privacy rights.

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.  We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Orygen is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that supports employees to achieve their career goals without compromising their life goals.  With this in mind Orygen offers a range of employment benefits including generous paid leave, flexible work arrangement, access to NFP salary packaging and an employee assistance program.


Please submit your resume, cover letter and a supporting statement that addresses the key selection criteria.

For a copy of the position description including the key selection criteria and to submit your application, please visit the University of Melbourne website.

Closing date for applications: Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:55 PM AEDT.

Orygen reserves the right to close the advertisement before this date is reached. Therefore, it is encouraged that you submit your application as soon as possible.