Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Casual Research Assistant


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  • Salary Package: $57.21 per hour (HEW 5) plus 11% employer's superannuation

  • Appointment Type: Casual

  • Location: Macquarie University, Wallumattagal Campus (North Ryde)

  • The Role

    This position is in the School of Psychological Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. This position is required to support an ARC Discovery Project. The incumbent must have high level research skills and knowledge (e.g. management of large data sets, advanced quantitative data analysis and conceptual knowledge) as well as the professional and interpersonal skills that are essential for applied research. The on-the-job training that will be part of this appointment is an opportunity to contribute to the future of resilience research in Australia.

    About the Project

    Emerging adulthood (ages 18-25) is a unique time when young people are facing significant changes and stressors as they transition into adulthood. The COVID-19 pandemic and its on-going effects have only added to these demands. It is important for both individuals and society to understand the factors that affect the ability of young adults to grow capacities that will help them to manage these stressors. What if these diverse stressors could be harnessed to aid the growth of capacities for resilience, specifically emotion regulatory flexibility? We will discover how this transformation takes place, the time course for these changes, and why some young adults excel at it while others struggle. In doing so, we will empower young adults to turn these stressors into catalysts for refining their emotion regulatory flexibility, setting them on a path towards positive outcomes in adulthood.

    With Australia's future prosperity riding on the shoulders of its emerging adults, this research is more important than ever. During this key window, emerging adults who can enhance their flexibility in emotion regulation are in a better position to ensure positive trajectories of functioning. We will explore new frontiers in emotion regulation research, share our findings through workshops, online resources, and peer-reviewed papers, and empower the educators, organisations, and communities who shape the lives of young adults with the tools they need to guide them towards a brighter future.

    About the Team

    We are a thriving team of masters, PhD students, and researchers interested in human resilience. We work with many populations but have a special interest in emerging adults. We are located at Macquarie University within the School of Psychological Sciences. The team lead is A/Professor Monique Crane who has 12 years experience researching resilience in extreme and high performance workplaces.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Assist with the conduct of interviews.

  • Support the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.

  • Management of research records and participant files.

  • Use transcription software to transcribe audio files.

  • Supporting the checking of transcription files.

  • Support the initial development of coding frameworks for qualitative research in NVIVO.

  • Supporting updates on the team website.

  • Conducting amendments to ethics protocols.

  • Supporting the writing of literature reviews and production of manuscripts for publication.

  • Any other duties within the staff member's level of competence as required.

  • To Apply

    To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate (2-page maximum) cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive literature reviews using academic databases (e.g., PsycINFO, PubMed).

  • Experience with qualitative research methods.

  • Experience with quantitative research methods and related software (e.g., SPSS, R, MPLUS).

  • Competency in using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and data analysis software (e.g., NVIVO).

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate research findings to both academic and non- academic audiences.

  • Ability to solve problems that may arise during the research process.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a research team, as well as independently with minimal supervision.

  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a research team, as well as independently with minimal supervision.

  • Understanding of and commitment to ethical research practices and guidelines, including confidentiality and data protection.

  • Desirable

  • Postgraduate qualifications or ongoing study in psychology or a related discipline.

  • A strong interest in psychology and a keenness to contribute to research in the field.

  • Experience in preparing research reports, academic papers, or presentations.

  • A specific interest in the psychological resilience or emotional health, evidenced by previous work, study, or projects.

  • Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and its implications for research practices, especially in participant recruitment and engagement.

  • Experience in preparing or amending ethics protocols for research projects.

  • Experience with quantitative research methods.

  • Do I need to work on site?

    The expectation is that you will work mostly on site at the School of Psychological Sciences, but there is flexibility where requested.

    Proposed Start Date

    30 April 2024

    Enquiries: Monique Crane, Associate Professor, [email protected]

    Applications Close: Wednesday 17 April 2024 at 11:59PM (AEST)

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    17/04/2024 11:59 PM

    Diversity and Inclusion

    Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

    We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

    Flexible Work

    At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in flexible work to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace. To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub.

    Job details


    Casual Research Assistant


    Macquarie University




    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 17, 2024

    Job type



    Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
    The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

    A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

    Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

    The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

    The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

    To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

    Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

    Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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