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Post-Doctoral Research Associate / Research Fellow, Daffodil Centre

Camperdown, Australia
$101,507 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

Job Details

  • Full-time, 2-year fixed-term role at the Daffodil Centre, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and funding
  • Exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary team working in modelling research related to genomics and precision health
  • Base Salary for Level A $101,507 - $112,462 + 17% superannuation or for Level B $118,390 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Cancer Council NSW and The University of Sydney have formed a Joint Venture, The Daffodil Centre. Cancer Council NSW is Australia's largest cancer research organisation with established links to policymakers and internationally recognised researchers. The University of Sydney is Australia's first university, and its Faculty of Medicine and Health and Cancer Research Network include many of the world's leading researchers across all health disciplines.

The Daffodil Centre combines the complementary strengths of these two partners to concentrate cancer control research expertise, accelerating the partners' aims towards the realisation of a cancer-free future. It is an exciting time to join the team!

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Research Fellow to join a growing research team led by A/Prof Michael Caruana. The preferred candidate will work within the MRFF-funded collaborative multi-centre Australian Cancer Risk Study led by Prof Anne Cust and A/Prof Julia Steinberg.

Using microsimulation models of prostate cancer and melanoma, you will generate evidence on how genomics-based risk prediction tools can be used to improve risk prediction and early detection for these cancers. This position will require experience in programming/coding to conduct quantitative work and coordinate with internal team members across the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

For level A Postdoctoral Research Associate (Research Only)

  • Work closely with the team leader and other chief investigators of the MRFF project
  • To work independently and as part of the research team to undertake quantitative research, including modelling evaluations, analysis and manuscript writing
  • Assist in coordinating the project investigator meetings, workshops and group meetings
  • Assist in all activities related to the conduct of the research, including in the reviewing and updating of modelling analysis plans and related documents and in coordinating modelling exercises between various teams
  • Assist in building and maintaining strategic relationships by liaising, consulting, and negotiating with internal stakeholders to identify critical issues as they relate to the research activities

For level B - Research Fellow (in addition to the above)

  • Maintain a research profile, including preparation and writing of peer-reviewed journal articles, conference abstracts and reports, and presenting at conferences
  • Provide informal mentoring/guidance to junior staff members and students as required
  • Develop and maintain a robust network of academic, professional partners, and internal stakeholders

About you

Level A Postdoctoral Research Associate (Research Only)

  • PhD in mathematics, data science or a related area with a substantial component of numerical analysis (e.g. physics, economics)
  • experience in working with simulation models, preferably in a health or medical-related field
  • substantial experience in statistical/quantitative analysis of research data, preferably in the health field
  • programming experience in Python and/or R
  • proven experience developing and contributing to research evidence by producing original, high quality and independent research
  • demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across a range of independent teams
  • basic experience in the development of academic publications or report writing

For level B - Research Fellow (in addition to the above)

  • proven experience and research profile in a similar discipline or area of expertise
  • previous experience conducting original research and extensive background in publication writing and report preparation.

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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.

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.

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

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The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

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4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

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