PIRI is looking for a Senior Research Fellow

PIRI is looking for a Senior Research Fellow

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is seeking a Senior Research Fellow to join its expert team of clinical and academic staff.

PIRI is currently engaged in a number of prestigious projects including a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE). This STePPS CRE (steppscre.org) is a national centre driving the identification, development and translation of online mental health interventions in the first 1000 days. This built on our large implementation program of e-mental health services funded by the Federal Government MumSpace (www.mumspace.org.au). PIRI is considered an international leader in research in perinatal mental health and its impact on mothers, fathers and infants.

We are looking for a team player with highly developed organizational skills, a sense of humour, initiative, and a readiness to flexibly multitask and keen to work within a growing research institute.

The successful applicant will take a lead on selected academic tasks and research projects and may be involved in overseeing specific studies with responsibility for adherence to relevant protocols. The role includes involvement in PIRI’s publications schedule and supporting the Director and Executive staff in key publications, including the potential to be an author in selected publications. There will also be an opportunity to provide leadership for applications for research funding either individually and/or as part of the team.

Other activities as needed:

  • Engaging in policy-relevant dissemination and promotion of PIRI’s research.
  • Supervising the conduct of a number of studies by junior research staff and students.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Experience and interest in the delivery of online mental health interventions.
  • IT literacy and relevant knowledge of digital programs.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and time management.
  • Research experience and the implementation of large programs desirable.
  • Well-developed data management skills.
  • Ability to contribute to grant writing and academic publications, with an existing track record.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a busy team environment with a growing research institute.

About the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI)

PIRI is a vigorous and innovative Australian research institute focusing on understanding parent and infant well-being, as well as developing treatments. Our mission is to support all parents and their babies in the first 1000 days of life, from pregnancy and throughout infancy, to enhance the prospects for future generations. We work closely with Austin Health’s Perinatal Mental Health Clinic and have strong links with the University of Melbourne.

We are leaders in digital technology and have recently been awarded a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence – STePPS (Science Translation for e-Psychological Perinatal Supports) which aims to reduce the burden of mental health difficulties and increase uptake of the most effective, cost-effective, and sustainable e-mental health interventions in the first 1000 days (conception to two years).

PIRI is based at Austin Health, which is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across three campuses in the Northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. We have highly engaged, diverse and collaborative workforce that is unified by our purpose, which is to help people live healthy and fulfilled lives.

PIRI is also affiliated with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Enquiries welcome – Prof Jeannette Milgrom, Jeannette.milgrom@austin.org.au or Barbara Frazer, barbara.frazer@austin.org.au

Closing date: 22 January 2023

Apply Now:  https://austinhealth.mercury.com.au/ViewPosition.aspx?id=FOI5ZbaxX2k=&jbc=ere