Lecturer, Big Data

Perth, Australia
15 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
  • $99,530-$118,115 (ALB) plus 17% superannuation
  • Research in the analysis of complex health data
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities

Job Reference: 326482

Lecturer, Teaching and Research

  • School of Public Health
  • Permanent, Full-time

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

Your new role

We are investing to further strengthen our international activities across several fields of research and teaching with a new post with expertise in the analysis of ‘big’ health data. This role will involve engaging in both research and education in this fast moving field, developing a distinctive research profile and collaborating with our growing community of scholars and industry partners from government, commerce, and society. Using machine learning tools as well as more traditional statistical and/or epidemiological methods, you will develop insights and innovative techniques to drive research analytics solutions for health research and support the delivery of teaching into this new exciting field.

You will be instrumental in developing the new Bachelor of Health Science specialisation on ‘Big Data’ analytics. Your teaching and research will inform all four disciplines within the School of Public Health at Curtin University with the view to develop capacity and expand knowledge in Data Science applied to the health field. Your teaching activities will train and enthuse a new generation of specialists and your research will expand the reach and impact of data analysis into existing and new areas of application.

We are looking for creative like-minded people to join the School. We offer you the opportunity and resources to excel and further your career in a supportive, highly collaborative environment, supporting translational research and competent graduates who can make a real difference to health systems. As a university with a strong industry outlook, we are committed to building and enhancing our relationships with our public and private sector industry partners in WA and beyond.

You do not have to be in an academic position currently, but you will have a PhD (or equivalent) in data analytics, or a relevant topic, with experience of conducting high impact, excellent research evidenced through publications in high quality, peer reviewed journals.

If you have the ambition to build your own reputation through research, a growing publication record, a great student teaching approach, and the ability to conduct high impact research then we would like to hear from you.

You will bring to the role


  • PhD in data science, epidemiology or statistics applied to a health related field A very good knowledge of and practical experience in statistics and or epidemiology or in data science on complex health data
  • Actively seeking and involved in research funding from external funding bodies and/or industry
  • Knowledge of effective design and development of discipline specific teaching and learning material across a range of delivery modes such as face-to-face, online and distributed learning
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of courses (award and non-standard) in the analysis of big data for health, including administrative and linked data.
  • Development or renewal of units, courses, modules or credentials through collaboration with stakeholders such as students, industry, community, global partners or other tertiary institutions
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Relevant  knowledge and experience in the methods and application of analysis of large complex health data
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • Completion of a formal teaching qualification such as a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, or of a clinical / professional qualification awarded by a College or Society
  • Provide leadership and supervision to HDR students

What we offer you 

  • Working in an innovative, scientifically stimulating University, with close connections to public and private health organisations.
  • A nurturing and supportive environment that focuses on supporting early career researchers and teachers to reach their full potential
  • In addition to a good salary, the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information on Curtin’s employee benefits visit https://about.curtin.edu.au/jobs/

Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume including sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.  Please also attach a separate document outlining your suitability for the role against the essential criteria stated in this advertisement above.

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Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.

Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Lisa Kirkpatrick, Talent Acquisition Consultant
Phone: +61 8 9266 4492
Email: lisa.kirkpatrick@curtin.edu.au

Please apply via the attached link, we cannot accept resumes sent to the above contact

Once you have applied, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received by us. If you do not receive confirmation via email, please email our team at curtincareers@curtin.edu.au. Please ensure you check your spam folders for this email before contacting the team.

Applications close: 9:00 PM, Sunday 19 April 2020


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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