Senior Research Fellow, Biostatistics

Melbourne, Australia
04 May 2021
End of advertisement period
31 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Based at our Melbourne Burwood Campus with travel to Western Health, Sunshine
  • Part-time (0.8) and fixed term for 2 years
  • Level C $121,133 + 17% Superannuation 

Deakin’s Faculty of Health is recognised in Australia and internationally for its teaching, training, research and service. We are one of the fastest growing health faculties in Australia.

The Senior Research Fellow will provide high quality biostatistical advice into research projects and funding applications initiated and conducted at Western Health and at Deakin University.

Reporting to the Director of the Biostatistics Unit, Deakin University, with guidance from the Research Program Director at Western Health on institutional specific priorities, this role will be based at Deakin’s Burwood campus, with periodic travel to Western Health, Sunshine required.

The successful candidate will be a statistician who can work independently with limited supervision, has expertise in designing and analysing clinical research studies and  experience teaching Statistics to non-statistical audiences.

This is a new 0.8 FTE, 2 year fixed-term position co-funded by Deakin University and Western Health with potential for extension depending on funding and performance.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Establish and maintain collaborative links with Western Health clinical researchers and with academics across the Deakin University Faculty of Health.
  • Contribute to advanced Biostatistics teaching for the School of Health and Social Development,  Faculty of Health, by taking the Unit Chair role for HSH947/747 (PHDXtra unit).
  • Provide research mentoring and support to higher degree by research candidates and junior colleagues.
  • Undertake statistical tasks comprising data management and manipulation, data analysis and preparation of reports of statistical results.
  • Participate in and/or lead applications for external competitive funding or research tenders.
  • Lead or actively contribute to research output including publication in top peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • PhD in Biostatistics, Statistics or Data Science.
  • Demonstrated sound understanding of biostatistical methodology.
  • Extensive experience in the design of clinical trials, cohort studies and health service research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a biostatistician across interdisciplinary teams.
  • Outstanding ability to communicate findings to non-statisticians and students.
  • Experience as an applied statistician as demonstrated by publications, conference papers, reports or technical contributions in the health sciences.
  • Demonstrated ability in the preparation of successful competitive research grant applications, study protocols, and statistical analysis plans.
  • Strong statistical programming skills, with expertise in software packages such as SAS, R or STATA.
  • Experience teaching Biostatistics to non-statistical audiences.
  • Experience in the design and management of databases.
  • Proactivity and willingness to learn new analytical approaches to address project demands.
  • Ability to develop new statistical methodology as demonstrated by publications, conference papers and/or technical contributions *desirable.
  • Experience analysing complex observational studies *desirable.
  • Knowledge of guidelines for the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects *desirable.

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Applications for this position close on Monday 31st May.

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details).

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Professor Liliana Orellana, Director Biostatistics Unit, at

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.