Research Assistant in Psychology
University of Queensland

  • School of Psychology

  • Broaden your career within one of QLD’s largest employers

  • Belong to a dedicated research community where your work genuinely makes an impact

  • Join a culture committed to excellence and innovation

  • Based at our St Lucia campus


About UQ


As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.


Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.


Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5 a day)


About This Opportunity 


We are currently seeking two diligent and experienced Senior Research Assistants/Technicians to join our prestigious School of Psychology to provide technical, research and administrative support for the UQ Lives Lived Well Research Group.


As the Senior Research Assistant/Technician, you will work with project leaders to implement project plans and support high quality research outcomes at all stages of the research life-cycle.


Key responsibilities will include but are limited to: 

  • Coordinates the efforts of team members, consultants and key stakeholders (including school staff and non-government organisations (NGOs)) to ensure tasks and projects are delivered on time and within budget.

  • Assists in the design of research activities, under supervision of senior staff.

  • Applies and/or instructs others on the application of advanced, specialist or technical research skills or processes, including participant recruitment, assessment and follow-up, data entry and management according to the relevant research protocol.

  • Assists in the conduct of major or complex research trials, tasks or programs, including online survey design, data analyses, publication preparation and write-ups.

  • Contributes to the safe and efficient operation of research equipment, infrastructure, methodologies and protocols.

  • Assists with drafting research documentation, including Human Research Ethics Committee applications and grant funding applications.

  • Assists with preparing reports, graphs, figures and presentations on research outcomes at different stages of the research cycle.


These are full-time, fixed-term positions for 12 months commencing ASAP.


At HEW level 5, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,378 - $82,842, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $87,022 - $96,925 annually. 


About You  

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in psychology, behavioural science, or a related discipline.

  • Excellent practical research skills and experience in relevant research methodology or techniques required for the body of research with young people, substance use, mental ill-health, mental wellbeing and eHealth.

  • Knowledge of and competence in statistical analyses, data management and analyses packages (e.g. SPSS), and the ability to learn new procedures.

  • High levels of computer proficiency with experience using MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint and EndNote.

  • Dedication to subject confidentiality and research ethics, particularly with respect to identified subject data of a sensitive nature.

  • Well-organised, methodical and self-motivated including the ability to prioritise a range of tasks, problem solve independently, show a high attention to detail and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently on routine procedures and also collaboratively with colleagues.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • An honours degree in psychology, behavioural science or related discipline and/or previous experience in a similar role would be considered advantageous.


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Working with Children (Blue Card): It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent holds and maintains a current Working with Children (Blue Card) or has the ability to obtain a Blue Card prior to commencement.



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Leanne Hides (Lives Lived Well Chair, School of Psychology) via email at For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 


All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  

  • Resume 


Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 


At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close Wednesday 26 July 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number: R-27968).

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