Research Assistant in Psychology
University of New South Wales School of Psychology

Research Assistant - Psychology

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Work type: Part time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Psychology is one of the largest and most prestigious schools in Australia. The School is located in the Faculty of Science and has approximately 50 full time members of academic staff, 15 general staff and an operating budget of over $12M.

The School is very active in research, with most staff holding external research funding. The School has extensive laboratory facilities for both research and teaching and receives almost $15M per annum in competitive research funding. For further information about the School, please visit

The Research Assistant will play a key role in supporting and contributing to an innovative NHMRC funded clinical trial at the interface of psychology, aged care and palliative care. The position will provide research assistance, in the delivery of a clinical trial and involve working with project stakeholders and research participants to investigate the effectiveness of a multi-component life story work and advance care planning intervention among older adults receiving aged care services at home.

About the role

  • $77k - $87k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 12 months
  • Part-time (21 hours per week – negotiable down to 14 hours)

The role reports to Dr Craig Sinclair and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Assist in developing materials and tools for a cluster randomised controlled trial of a care planning intervention among older adults receiving aged care services at home
  • Assist with human research ethics and institutional governance applications
  • Liaise with other clinical trial staff (such as interventionists and clinical teams), participating study sites and primary care providers to coordinate screening and recruitment of participants
  • Manage the online database system REDCap, providing regular monitoring reports to the Project Coordinator (Trial Manager) and Medical Monitor(s)
  • Communicate with participants to schedule sessions and collect and validate data
  • Ensure trial protocol, safety compliance, data quality, data management and storage and overall study conduct are in line with ethical standards and Good Clinical Practice guidelines
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health & safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • An Honours (or Masters) degree in Psychology, Health Sciences or related discipline.
  • Sound knowledge of human research ethics and research conduct
  • Good Clinical Practice certification (or willing to obtain)
  • Sound understanding of advance care planning and its role in the provision of high-quality end of life care for older adults
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, computing and data collection
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail and the ability to liaise effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders including older adults and those with cognitive impairment, by phone and/or in person
  • Excellent time management skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines by using judgement and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  • Experience working with a range of computer systems and applications, including REDCap (Desirable)
  • Experience in clinical trials (e.g. human research ethics procedures) (Desirable)
  • Experience in cognitive screening, using validated tools (e.g. Montreal Cognitive Assessment MoCA) (Desirable)
  • Multi-lingual communication ability (competency in Italian or Mandarin language is desirable)
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Craig Sinclair


Applications close: June 8th, 2022

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UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

Position Description

Advertised: 18 May 2022 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 08 Jun 2022 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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