Research Associate in Dynamic Systems Modelling

Sydney, Australia
Base salary $78,143 - $105,305 + 17% Superannuation
30 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, 12 month fixed term possibility of extension
  • Opportunity for system dynamics modeller
  • Base salary $78,143 - $105,305 + 17% Superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre is a centre for discovery, innovation and integrative research strategies, clinical product development and actions that translate research into improved treatment and disease prevention strategies. The centre is made up of 27 research units, staffed by around 200 researchers and 100 students.

The Mental Wealth Initiative (MWI) is a group established by the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney in 2020. This is a collaboration between the Sydney Business School and the Brain and Mind Centre. We work with leaders in government, business, mental health, and social policy across communities, to establish the national and regional infrastructure needed to measure, monitor, and forecast the Mental Wealth of the nation and help identify policy opportunities to foster this broader measure of our national prosperity.

You can read more about the meaningful work and the impact of the Mental Wealth Initiative here.

We are seeking a Systems Modelling Research Associate to work on exciting projects in collaboration with A/Professor Jo-An Occhipinti, Dr Adam Skinner and Professor Ian Hickie to research a range of issues pertaining to the MWI.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake system dynamics modelling to evaluate strategic policy and planning initiatives to improve youth mental health across diverse contexts
  • engage in participatory approaches to model building, in partnership with key healthcare decision makers and consumers
  • work within a team of systems modelers, senior academics, data scientists and clinicians to deliver high quality research outputs

About you

  • hold or working towards a PhD in Population Health/Public Health, Systems Science, or Data Science
  • experience in undertaking system dynamics modelling or a researcher with sound data analytic skills who is interested in training in system dynamics modelling
  • a strong applied research and service orientation with an ability to build successful working relationships with a variety of people, both internal and external
  • experience with Stella Architect software desirable but not essential
  • knowledge and /or experience in Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics, relevant to population health
  • proven high level analytical skills and a methodical approach to data management and analysis
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

As this position is located on an NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit:NSW Health employment requirements

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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