Research Fellow – Biostatistician

Sydney, Australia
01 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Prevention Research Collaboration

Sydney School of Public Health

  • Key role in a collaborative, multidisciplinary research team
  • Utilise your expertise in biostatistics or epidemiology
  • Full-time fixed term for 3 years, remuneration package: $102K-$122K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC) is a research group within the Sydney School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre, at the University of Sydney and has specialised expertise in population-wide prevention research and translational research. In particular, PRC is engaged in generating and disseminating new knowledge about implementation of population-wide prevention. The PRC research portfolio includes public health priority topics, with major emphases on chronic disease prevention, especially physical activity, public health nutrition and obesity prevention; in addition PRC also carries out work in other areas of prevention, including tobacco control and sun protection and more generally, research in health promotion. 

The PRC is responsible for the delivery of the Prevention Research Support Program (PRSP) funded by the NSW Ministry of Health, in addition to its existing prevention-oriented research, evaluation and teaching program. This PRSP requires support from strong quantitative research and evaluation methods that allows for scientific rigor within the real world setting.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow with expertise in biostatistics to undertake relevant statistical work in the area of quantitative public health research both within PRC more specifically in support of PRSP. You will work with a range of researchers on epidemiological, prevention and translational-oriented research relevant to the work of the PRSP and the broader PRC group. The research includes analyses of data from population health datasets, epidemiological studies, and intervention studies.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Research Fellow - Biostatistician who possesses: 

  • relevant tertiary qualifications in statistics or biostatistics
  • experience in health-related statistical analysis, including the use of population health data and intervention data and in multivariate modelling (e.g. including GEE and related techniques) relevant to public health
  • experience in calculating complex sample sizes in population health studies
  • demonstrated skills in epidemiology and public health research methods and advanced skills in statistical data analysis and using relevant software packages eg:  SAS, STATA or SPSS (or equivalent)
  • demonstrated skills in data management of large epidemiological health data and complex intervention data and  skills in analysing population health data and intervention data
  • solid written and oral communication skills including ability to understand strategic communication issues and formulate appropriate methods for communicating policy relevant technical information for different audiences
  • demonstrated ability to maintain high work standards with minimal guidance and supervision.

Experience in academic publications and writing funding grants for research and experience in supervising and mentoring junior research and analytical staff is highly regarded.

About us

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 6000 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.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack 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 to apply.

Closing date: 11pm 27 August 2017

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.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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