Careers – Research Psychologist

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health (the Institute) is an incorporated Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation, registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

Applications remain open until position is filled



Perth, Western Australia (flexible if interstate)


  • Full-time, 40 hours per week, six-month probationary period.


  • A competitive base salary and attractive salary-sacrifice provisions.
  • Flexible work practices, including the ability to work remotely.
  • The chance to be a part of an exciting and rapidly growing start-up Indigenous Mental Health Organisation.
  • The chance to work with a diverse, highly skilled and committed Board of Directors, including Dr Tracy Westerman.
  • The chance to make a difference and improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

About Us:

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health Aboriginal Corporation (Jilya) is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Dr Tracy Westerman to address the gaps in culturally informed and clinically validated approaches to improve outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Australia across the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, justice, child protection, and education.

Jilya also supports the Dr Tracy Westerman Indigenous Psychology Scholarship Program, currently supporting 41 Aboriginal psychology students across Australia.

About the Role

The Research Psychologist will be responsible for working within Jilya’s research arm which is focused on Indigenous mental health, suicide prevention and criminogenic research and evaluation. They will work with the Jilya Research Manager to ensure the advancement of research and evaluation priorities and, associated strategies including the development of funding and partnership opportunities. The expansion of Jilya’s research also includes supervising and supporting a caseload of Jilya psychology students at honours, masters and PhD levels in partnership with our scholarships manager and other Jilya staff. The successful candidate will ideally have a track record of peer reviewed publications and research grants, and a PhD or be a tenured academic in psychology or a relevant health or mental health discipline and have a strong understanding of Indigenous suicide prevention, mental health and well-being. Additionally, experience in managing relationships within the Aboriginal community controlled, non-profit, government and non-government sectors is required.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Psychology Degree at Masters level minimum.
  • Research experience at a national level including a track record of data driven peer reviewed publications.
  • Quantitative research skills including the use of inferential statistics, psychometric analysis, multivariate statistics. Candidate must have strong skills in the use of statistical software packages, preferably SPSS, EndNote, Excel and Word for managing descriptive and other statistics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the operations of a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Understanding of university systems and ability to identify research grant partnership opportunities.
  • Solid organisational abilities, including planning, program development and task facilitation.
  • Be capable of supervising, supporting and mentoring psychology students at undergraduate, masters and PhD level.
  • Strong understanding of mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing research specific to Aboriginal people.
  • Ability to navigate the complex interfaces with ACCHOs and communities and complex research.
  • Demonstrated levels of cultural competence.
  • Values and attributes that align with the vision and goals of the organisation.


Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will require the following:

  • Registration as a psychologist with AHPRA with preference for Masters, PhD level.
  • Current C or A class driver’s license.
  • Working with Children Check.
  • National Police Clearance.
  • Be able to travel as required.
  • Be available to work outside standard business hours when required.

Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Your application should include a detailed resume and a cover letter no more than two pages long summarising your experience against the selection criteria. Further job-related information can be sourced by contacting us on 08 6244 3399 during business hours. Applications without a cover letter will NOT be processed.

If you are having trouble accessing the form, please email through your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to

Closing Date: Applications must be submitted online via apply now button below.

Download the JDF here: Research Psychologist