Data Science Research Engineer

Sydney, Australia
11 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

In Macquarie’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences you’ll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) and Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

The Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) is one of three research centres in the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI). Founded in 1999, CHI is the longest-running health informatics research centre in Australia. CHI is a research partner to major healthcare providers, research institutions and governments, and has national and international industry partnerships.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

The Role

We are seeking a Data Science Research Engineer to play a key role in managing health data in a cloud computing environment and building an analytics platform for health data analytics and deep learning. You will be working as part of a diverse team of clinicians, statisticians and computer scientists which uses electronic health records to build predictive analytics solutions to improve patient care.

The successful candidate will be passionate about their work, self-motivated, detail oriented and have excellent problem-solving abilities. They will deal with highly ambiguous problems, take responsibility for finding solutions, and will drive towards simple solutions to complex problems.

For further information regarding this role, please click here to view the position description.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, applicants must provide a cover letter of 1- 2 pages addressing the selection criteria below along with their resume as part of the application process.

  • Tertiary qualifications in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with and detailed knowledge of data warehouse technical architectures, infrastructure components, ETL/ELT processes, and reporting/analytic tools.
  • Demonstrated experience programming skills in R and Python, knowledge of C++ and Java, and proficient in a Linux(Bash) environment.
  • Ability to use Amazon Web Services/Asure or other cloud computing technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage Big Data Technologies (Hadoop, Hive, Hbase, Pig, Spark, etc.)
  • Demonstrated skills gathering business and functional requirements and translating these requirements into robust, scalable, operable solutions that work well within the overall data architecture.
  • Demonstrated experience producing comprehensive, usable dataset documentation and metadata.
  • Strong analytical skills with excellent knowledge of SQL.
  • Knowledge and interest in computational statistics.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.       

Salary Package: From $100,706 - $112,058 p.a. (HEW level 8) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full time, 2 years fixed term position.

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Blanca Gallego-Luxan, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation at

General Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic at 

Applications Close:  Wednesday, 2 May 2018 at 11:55pm (EST)

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.