Postdoctoral Research Associate, Discipline of Biomedical Informatics, Text Mining

Sydney, Australia
11 May 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity for an Early Career Researcher with text mining experience to join an established research team in clinical research informatics working with Sydney University and collaborating with Harvard University
  • Located in The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time 2-year fixed term with a base salary starting at $74,862 plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

This is a newly created opportunity to join an established research team in clinical research informatics, applying text mining and natural language processing to improve how results from publicly available structured trial data are used to inform drug safety.

This Postdoctoral Research Associate position is funded by the National Library of Medicine and part of a major international collaboration between The University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School.It is an opportunity to join a well-established team with Associate Professor Adam Dunn (Head of Discipline for Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health, The University of Sydney) and Associate Professor Florence Bourgeois (Computational Health Informatics Program, Harvard Medical School). We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to address problems in clinical research using methods from text mining, natural language processing (NLP), and information retrieval. This is a valuable opportunity to expand your research skills. The main responsibilities of the role include to:

  • develop and evaluate new methods in biomedical informatics applications;
  • translate those methods into tools for use by the community; and
  • contribute to observational studies in clinical epidemiology examining biases in clinical research.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health team who will:

  • contribute to the development of research projects in biomedical informatics;
  • assist other researchers and students with various tasks including data collection and analysis;
  • prepare and contribute to publications, presentations, and code repositories;
  • contribute to grant applications; and
  • engage with external collaborative partners and stakeholders.

To succeed in this role you will have:

  • a PhD in any field relevant to biomedical informatics or computer science, or equivalent;
  • demonstrated research skills in text mining, information retrieval, NLP, or machine learning;
  • a strong record of contributions to peer reviewed publications; and
  • clear career goals to develop an internationally competitive research profile.

The successful applicant will have opportunities to contribute to the broader community in the Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health, including teaching within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, and across research projects in public health surveillance, clinical informatics, developing and evaluating digital health interventions, and understanding aspects of health in and via social media. Further opportunities for career advancement in the Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health are available for outstanding postdoctoral researchers.

About us

Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health is a newly established Disciplinein the Faculty of Medicine and Health, led by Associate Professor Adam Dunn. The Discipline’s missions are to establish a program of digital health education for all pre-licensure students in the Faculty, and undertake the development, translation, and evaluation of biomedical informatics and digital health technologies in collaboration with other groups in the Faculty, the University, the healthcare sector, and the community. Diversity, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration are at the core of what we do in the Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health.

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 position description 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 674/0520 to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 10 June 2020

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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