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Postdoctoral Fellow- Psychosocial/creative approaches to mental health & trauma

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Work type: full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post Doctoral Research Associate

About the Big Anxiety Research Centre
Based in the UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, the Big Anxiety Research Centre [BARC] is a unique transdisciplinary enterprise, dedicated to transforming thinking and practice in mental health through creative collaboration and cultural innovation.

BARC researches lived experience through a distinctive combination of trauma-informed, psychosocial research and creative practice, developing the rich communications and engagement practices needed to understand, connect with and support everyday experiences of mental health, trauma and suicidality.

BARC research underpins The Big Anxiety festival – one of the world’s largest mental health arts festivals. Our research has produced a range of creative programs and immersive media tools related to trauma support, suicide prevention and other areas of mental health.

The Opportunity
BARC UNSW is looking to engage a Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A) to join a transdisciplinary team (spanning psychology/social science, art/design and digital/immersive media), investigating the subjective/embodied experience of mental health and collaborating on the creation of creative media tools and art projects, designed to improve wellbeing. The Fellow will work on the co-design of creative media and engagement programs in close collaboration with communities, privileging lived experience perspectives.

This role is supported by Bridging Hope Charity Foundation and offers the opportunity to engage with counterparts through the Art Therapy Alliance in Beijing.

Postdoctoral Fellow: $80,476- $107,299+ 17% super & leave loading
The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to the Director, BARC. The position has no direct reports
- Full-time, fixed-term contract- 3 years
- Location: UNSW- Kensington – Sydney, Australia

Who you are
You will have a doctoral qualification or equivalent experience in arts and mental health or a relevant discipline (media arts, design, psychosocial studies, psychology) with track record of designing & implementing research projects within the areas such as trauma, anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief, or suicide. You will also have the ability to work successfully in an interdisciplinary team from a trauma-informed perspective. You will have good academic writing skills and be sensitive to/informed by lived experiences of mental health and cultural difference.

Due to the opportunity to collaborate with counterparts in Beijing, knowledge of Chinese languages is beneficial, but not essential.

Details about the specific role responsibilities and required skills & expertise can be found in the position description on Jobs@UNSW

 Benefits and Culture: 
UNSW offers a competitive salary and access to UNSW benefits including:

  • Flexible working
  • Additional 3 days of leave over the Christmas Period
  • Access to lifelong learning and career development
  • Progressive HR practices
  • Discounts and entitlements  

Applications close: 11:55 pm (Sydney time) on Thursday 8 December 2022

To Apply: Please click the apply now button and submit your CV, Cover Letter and responses to the Skills & Experience (as per the Skills & Experience bullet points in the Position Description).

Contact: Jill Bennett – Director, BARC
Job related- queries only. Please note applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed above.

UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with lived experience of trauma/mental distress, disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.
The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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