Clinical Data Programmer

Sydney, Australia
05 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Fantastic opportunity to apply your advanced programming skills and be a part of Clinical Trials Operations team
  • Located at the Clinical Trials Centre, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed Term, full-time for 12 months with possibility of annual extensions and base salary $92K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre uses a variety of systems to collect and process data associated with numerous clinical research projects. The Clinical Trials team is looking for a qualified and experienced Clinical Data Programmer who will be responsible for applying advanced programming skills to:

  • Extract data from clinical data systems; conduct extensive data quality checks (to identify issues to be queried/resolved);
  • Derive and report study conduct metrics; and,
  • Prepare datasets in suitable format for statistical analysis.

The Clinical Data Programmer will report to the Clinical Data Management Lead, to provide data management support to the clinical trials under their control. They will exercise independent judgement in the design and performance of data management activities and tasks on complex clinical trials.

They will work to the clinical trial protocol and clinical trial objectives and will typically draw from their previous experience in this field to successfully deliver on key accountabilities. They will provide expert advice related to the data collection, analysis and reporting for the clinical trial they are undertaking with highly complex issues referred to the trial biostatistician.

The incumbent is expected to carry out routine tasks autonomously, with minimal guidance and/or supervision once process/procedure is agreed upon and/or learnt. Non-routine complex research matters may be carried out under broad guidance from the supervisor. The job-holder will be expected to prioritise their own work to meet any deadlines and clinical trial needs. They will also be required to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to provide input on data collection, database construction, study planning, and study conduct.

More about NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre can be read here

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 Clinical Data Programmer who possesses the below listed qualifications and experience:

  • tertiary qualification in a computing or data science field with at least 4 years subsequent relevant experience.
  • accomplished data programmer with ability to rapidly develop expertise using SAS, or other data querying tools (e.g. SQL), programming languages (e.g. Python, Java) and statistical packages (e.g. R, Stata). Experience with reporting & analytics tools (e.g. SAP BO, Qlik, Tableau) is advantageous.
  • demonstrated experience in data management in clinical trials, and a proven ability to handle large data sets, including reporting and other evaluation procedures.
  • strong IT skills including reporting software, MS Office applications, web-based clinical trial data collection systems, and strong conceptual ability to learn new software applications quickly.
  • high level problem solving, analytical, and strategic thinking skills and an ability to evaluate and recommend changes to existing processes and procedures for greater effectiveness.

The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters. They will be able to work both independently and within a team. They will also have excellent time management skills with a strong focus on quality of work.

About us

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre at the University of Sydney conducts large multicentre investigator-initiated clinical trials, takes part in trials of national and international collaborative trial groups and contributes expertise to trials run by others. Clinical trials conducted by academic research centres adopt different models for managing and conducting clinical trials, which differs from the pharmaceutical industry models and contract research organisations.

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 Australia's 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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 525/0319F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 28 April 2019 (Sydney time)

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.

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