First listed on: 04 October 2019

Research Assistant - Addiction Medicine 

  • Opportunity to coordinate clinical research of treatments for alcohol use disorder
  • Part or full time fixed term for 12 months with possibility of further extension
  • Remuneration package: $77K-$83K which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

We are a dynamic multidisciplinary research team with backgrounds in Addiction Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Psychopharmacology and Public Health. Our research investigates the management and treatment of alcohol use disorders and comorbid physical and mental. Our work covers a range of areas including interventions (clinical trials of pharmacotherapy, psychosocial interventions), discovery and mechanisms of addictive behaviours (neuroimaging) and translation into practice

As a Research Assistant you will assist with the coordination of our clinical research of treatments for alcohol use disorder including clinical trials. You will provide support to the Chief Investigators and the multidisciplinary team to support the clinical trial requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing relevant materials in collaboration with our team members, performing fundamental aspects of clinical research and facilitating the efficient operation of our clinical research via staff and patient liaison. In addition to this you will coordinate the activities associated with our clinical research projects and work towards ensuring that experiments (e.g. neuroimaging) are prepared for and run smoothly.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Assistant with:

  • A Bachelor degree with honours in a related field such as psychology or science
  • Experience working on clinical research projects, including expertise in using research clinical trial protocols and ethics submissions
  • Experience in a research-intensive and/or a clinical environment
  • Experience in advanced skills data analysis, using statically analysis tools to carry out scientific literary searches, and preparing literary reviews for further analysis
  • Demonstrated understanding of mental health and substance use issues
  • Working understanding of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment
  • A current NSW Driver’s License

About us

Research at the Discipline of Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney, based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital encompasses a range of multidisciplinary projects including1. Investigating molecular markers of alcohol dependence and response to medication; 2. Novel strategies for the treatment of alcohol dependence. 3. Translation of effective treatments into practice; 4. Neurobehavioural correlates of addictive behaviours and mechanisms of treatment.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1938/0919 to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 21 October 2019


The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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