Data Visualisation Analyst

Sydney, Australia
20 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Use your skills in web application development and visualisation tools to inform impactful decisions
  • Located at Camperdown Campus
  • 3 years full-time fixed term; base salary $92K - $100K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

Do you have a passion for data visualisation and storytelling? Can you take data and transform it into compelling visual narratives?

If this sounds like you, an exciting opportunity exists within our Research Portfolio’s External Benchmarks team. In this role you’ll have the opportunity to bring your creativity, knowledge of best practice visual design principles and ability to bring data to life in the presentation of the University’s research performance and productivity data.

Your skills in modern web development, visualisation tools and data analysis will be used in a number of exciting projects across the Portfolio for diverse audiences. Your work will provide valuable analysis and insights to our internal clients to support operational and strategic decision making.

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 Data Visualisation Analyst who has:

  • an understanding of the theory and application of key visual design principles
  • demonstrated capability in web-based languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), platforms for building web applications (such as ReactJS, Shiny) and data visualisation (such as D3.js, R packages)
  • demonstrated capability in data manipulation tools (such as SQL, R, Python and Alteryx) and knowledge of a range of data manipulation techniques to ensure consistency across datasets
  • superior communication skills to prepare presentations, provide written reports, and work closely with stakeholders to elicit feedback
  • planning and project management skills and ability to manage projects, identifying and addressing key issues as they arise

About us

The position will be located within the Research Reporting, Analysis and Data Systems (RRADS) group, one of groups within the Research Operations, Coordination and Systems Planning area within the Portfolio that currently support the DVC-R and researchers to achieve the University’s strategic goals. The RRADS group is responsible for providing university wide reports and strategic information on research and research performance, managing government required reporting, managing data acquisition, coordinating application and system development to support business processes and requirements by developing and managing the data collection, analysing and reporting of the University’s research performance, including external obligations and internal absolute research performance reporting, and coordinating development of business systems to support business requirements.

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 7,600 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 1937/0919F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm Monday 7 October 2019

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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  1. Please attach a screenshot or link of what you consider to be your most successful web-based visualisation(s), and please de-identify the data as necessary (screenshots can be added as an additional document in the ‘Resume’ section of the application).
  2. Which visual design principles do you think are most important when crafting visualisations to educate a general audience, and which are most important when communicating a specific message to a smaller group of key senior stakeholders?
  3. When encountering a large, unfamiliar dataset for the first time, what is your general process for discovering and communicating insights? What are the typical challenges at each step, and how do you go about overcoming them?
  4. What can you do to improve your confidence in the quality of the data you're analysing and reporting for a specific business purpose? What would you do if you found that some data were missing or incorrect?