First listed on: 03 May 2024

Research Officer


  • Salary breakdown: $72,537.00 - $90,672.00  + Superannuation + Salary Packaging ($15,900.00 + Meal & Entertainment expenses)
  • 1 FTE contract until May 2026
  • Hybrid work, 2 days per week in office + 9 day fortnight 
  • Support the ClearlyMe blended care project

About the Institute
Located on Gadigal and Bidjigal land (Randwick NSW), Black Dog Institute is the only Medical Research Institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan, our aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone. Emphasising a devoted focus to into suicide prevention, digital mental health, a workplace mental health, we undertake a unique ‘translational’ research approach that allows us to turn our world-class findings into new treatments, prevention strategies, clinical services, educational programs, and e-health products.We join the dots by connecting research answers, expert knowledge, and the voices of lived experience to deliver solutions that impact and boost the health care system for patients and practitioners alike. Our work is used to drive evidence informed change across the rapidly expanding mental health sector and sets the foundations for a brighter and healthier future for all.


  • Hybrid work, 1-2 days per week in office (choose your days, consistent team collaboration days where possible)
  • 35 hour work week, flexible hours agreements & 9-day fortnights
  • Salary Packaging: $15,900.00 of your base salary tax free & up to $2650.00 meal & entertainment
  • Family first, people first culture, we put our research into action at work to make sure we maintain mental health and wellbeing at work
  • Pet friendly workplace
  • Leave benefits including public holiday swap, gifted annual leave, and wellbeing leave 
  • Employee discounts 

The Role

his position will play a key role in supporting the ClearlyMe® Blended Care project. Blended care refers to the integration of face-to-face therapy with a digital intervention. This 3-year project involves the development and evaluation of a blended care treatment framework combining the ClearlyMe® app with face-to-face therapy for depression in adolescents.

This role will provide a high level of technical, operational and research support to senior research staff, and will have responsibility for managing day to day operations of the project and liaising effectively with internal and external stakeholders. A key part of this role will be to liaise and work closely with external mental health professionals (counsellors, psychologists) in the development of this service model.

Duties & Responsibilities

Specific accountabilities for this role include:

  • Provision of practical and efficient research support.
  • Support in the conceptualisation, design, and successful conduct of this project.  
  • Coordinate, plan and complete day-to-day research activities within the framework of agreed project timelines and responsibilities.
  • Provision of administrative and clerical duties, including attendance at research meetings, preparing meeting agendas, preparing and distributing minutes, as required.
  • Liaise with organisations, data custodians, stakeholders and collaborators and actively participate in meetings and discussions as required. 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders and external stakeholders, including mental health professionals.
  • Assist with data management, in adherence to the project’s research data management plan.
  • Maintain meticulous records.
  • Undertake literature reviews.
  • Assist with quantitative/qualitative data analyses.
  • Assist with research reports, peer-reviewed publications, presentations, ethics applications, progress reports and other governance requirements. 
  • Recruit and interview research participants (who in this case will be mental health professionals) using interview and survey methodologies.
  • Undertake mandatory training, including GCP and research integrity.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the Institute and take all reasonable care to ensure your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself and others.

Selection Criteria

Essential Criteria

  1. An honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through a combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. Demonstrated experience working on research projects, including participant recruitment and data collection, ethics applications, and preparation of reports and/or other publications.
  3. Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal communication skills to initiate and maintain effective stakeholder relationships.
  4. 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. 
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail and the ability to liaise effectively with a range of stakeholders. 
  6. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  7. A valid Working with Children Check, or eligibility to obtain one on starting the role.
  8. Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience working with mental health professionals and/or in clinical settings.
  2. Experience working with adolescents.
  3. Experience working in e-health and digital technology, including experience with research software (e.g. Qualtrics, REDCap).

EOO Statement
Black Dog Institute is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects our wider community. We ensure equal opportunity for all, regardless of age, culture, appearance, sexual orientation, lived experience, gender identity, disability and/or family status.

How to Apply
To become a part of the Black Dog Institute team, follow the link to our careers site on ELMO and submit your most up to date resume and a detailed cover letter addressing the selection criteria for the role. f you are shortlisted for the role, we will call you and let you know you are successful. Please do not respond to any suspicious emails requesting you to upload your ID or personal details.  We are a 2022 Circle Back Initiative Employer and commit to respond to every applicant.

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