Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Brain and Mind Centre

Location: Sydney
Job Type: Full time
Reference: 516/0318F

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Central Clinical School 
Reference no. 516/0318F

  • Level A position within Brain and Mind Centre
  • Opportunity to work on ‘Body clock project’
  • Full time fixed term position for 2 years, remuneration package: $106K - $114K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super



About the opportunity 
This role involves working on the ‘body clock project’ at the Brain and Mind Centre, driving innovative research into the causes of and solutions for clinical depression, with the potential to transform mental healthcare of young people with emerging mood disorders in Australia.


The ‘body clock project’ aims to contribute to our understanding of the nature of circadian disruption in young people with mood disorders, and how this interacts with changes in mood, functioning, and treatment over time. The project uses detailed longitudinal assessment of sleep-wake cycles, biological rhythms, and mood using a range of monitoring techniques to i) identify specific biological markers related to changes in mental health symptoms over time; ii) use these markers to identify individuals most likely to respond to sleep/circadian interventions; and iii) develop interventions to reduce depressive symptoms in those presenting for care, and prevent depression in the larger community.


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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  To ensure success you will have:


  • a PhD in clinical psychology or related field from a leading university
  • experience working with young people in mental health service settings
  • proven experience and expertise in assessment techniques for sleep-wake cycles and biological circadian rhythms (e.g. actigraphy, dim light melatonin onset) and depressive symptoms and functioning
  • experience in the running of research trials including design, ethics and governance, trial implementation and management. Research experience in young mentally ill populations is highly desirable
  • experience in data management and statistical analysis, including the analysis of time series data (e.g. actigraphy)
  • proven teamwork and relationship building skills including stakeholder management and engagement skills
  • demonstrated leadership and management experience
  • capacity to work in a multidisciplinary research team
  • excellent written and oral communication skills.



About us
More information on the Brain and Mind Centre can be found on


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 Australias 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.




The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role.


Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Professor Ian Hickie on +61 2 9351 0810 or


For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Rupsha Bhatacharya on +61 2 8627 7148 or


This position is a child-related role as per Working with Children policy and requires WWC check.

You can apply for a check on the Working With Children Check website.



Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details.


Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position


Closing date: 11.30pm, 17 April 2018


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.