Fixed term, Part time

Opened 507 days ago

Closes 31 May 2022

About the Role

Our long-term vision is to work with youth who have a lived experience of mental health conditions to build a program to evaluate the benefits of checking metaboliser status prior to embarking on antidepressant therapy, and to educate health care practitioners about these benefits. The outcome will be to determine how genetic information about an individual’s drug metabolism can be used to provide an evidence-based treatment recommendation for patients with depression.

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the project including recruiting research participants, conducting interviews and assessments, collecting and recording accurate study data, organising transport and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders.

Candidates must:

  • Be willing to work outside normal office hours when needed for the purposes of facilitating focus groups or engaging with major stakeholders
  • Have access to their own transport and be willing to travel between sites and to other locations.
  • Be willing and able to obtain a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.
  • This role is offered on a part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed term basis (12 month initial contract with the possibility of extension).

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit research participants and youth advisors from a range of clinical programs and the community.
  • Collect and record participant information and consent procedures ensuring confidentiality is maintained.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with clinical teams and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to data collection, data entry, data checking and analysis.
  • The co-production of conference and seminar papers and publications and attendance and presentations at conferences and seminars where appropriate.
  • Steady development of an academic research profile in the area of Youth Mental Health.
  • Contribute to publications arising from scholarship and research, such as publication of books and in peer reviewed journals.
  • Active participation in the communication and dissemination of research where appropriate.

Skills and Experience


  • Undergraduate degree with Honours in behavioural, social sciences or a health-related discipline.
  • Experience of working with adolescents and young adults, and an appreciation of adolescent developmental issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply quantitative/qualitative research methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to independent and team-based research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective research collaboration and engagement.
  • Well-developed organisation and time management skills.
  • Ability to operate independently with a high level of initiative, and to be flexible and responsive to changing priorities.
  • Good IT skills and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, and statistical analysis software e.g. SPSS.
  • Ability to work with employees and stakeholders at all levels.


  • An interest or experience working in youth mental health.
  • Experience in clinical trial and/or multisite research studies and recruitment.
  • Track record in developing and facilitating focus groups.
  • Postgraduate degree in behavioural or social sciences or a related discipline or substantial progress towards a PhD.


As the Perron Institute is a charitable organisation, we are able to offer salary packaging benefits including up to $15,900 tax free annually (in addition to the tax free threshold).

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Central location.
  • Collaborative and positive culture.

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