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Biostatistician - Physical Activity, Lifestyle And Population Health Research Group (Palph)

University of Sydney - Sydney, NSW

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  • Biostatistician required to prepare, manage and analyse large data sets for the Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Population Health research group (PALPH) (0.6 FTE) and the breast cancer research program (0.2 FTE)
  • Located at the Charles Perkins Centre and the Faculty of Medicine and Health (School of Health Sciences and School of Public Health), Camperdown Campus
  • Part-time (0.8FTE), 2-year fixed term with a base salary of $76K p.a., pro rata plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

This Biostatistician position presents an outstanding opportunity to collaborate with multiple renowned research teams and develop an outstanding track record though contribution/co-authorship of publications in leading biomedical journals; and development of expertise in cohort studies, consortia and meta-analyses.

In this Biostatistician position, you will provide statistical advice to researchers and research students concerning the design and statistical methodologies applicable to current and future physical activity, lifestyle and population health research group (PALPH), and the digital breast tomosynthesis project. This will include managing and analysing complex datasets of large epidemiological cohorts and consortia such as the UK Biobank and ProPASS, liaising with Australian and international collaborators on data access applications, preparing datasets, and developing and conducting research using methods relevant to the scope of the above programs. 

You should be familiar with longitudinal and survival analyses as well as evidence synthesis (meta-analysis).

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Biostatistician who has:

  • a Masters degree in applied statistics or biostatistics
  • demonstrated skills in applying advanced statistical analysis methods (e.g., multivariate modelling including cohort study data and related techniques), using relevant software packages (e.g., SAS, STATA, R, or SPSS or equivalent).
  • skills in data management of large epidemiological and population health data, and intervention data
  • a track record of research evidenced by peer review publications
  • demonstrated skills in data management of large epidemiological and population health data, and intervention data
  • experience in health-related statistical analysis, including the use of cohort study, intervention, and population health data
  • excellent data analysis skills and an interest in large scale epidemiological research and data synthesis.
  • excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate statistical results to non-statisticians.

About us

The physical activity, lifestyle and population health research group (PALPH) within the Charles Perkins Centre and the School of Health Sciences, at the University of Sydney and has expertise in large epidemiological cohort research, international consortia, measurement, and exercise science trials.

In particular, PALPH is engaged in generating and disseminating new knowledge about the population of health effects of lifestyle health behaviors; the translation of such knowledge into public health and clinical guidelines; and the development of international consortia of cohort studies. The PALPH research portfolio includes epidemiology of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep, alcohol and nutrition, as well as methodology development and evaluation and systematic consolidation of already collected and prospectively planned data. 

The School of Public Health (SPH) project evaluates digital breast tomosynthesis (also known as 3D-mammography) and is being undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, epidemiologists and biostatisticians. The SPH is a network of academics, research groups and centres that facilitates the study of Public Health. Offering exceptional educational and research opportunities, the School’s work is recognised as an institutional strength for the University

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description 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 https://sydney.edu.au/about-us/careers-at-sydney.html and search by the reference number 004/0121F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 17 February 2021

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.

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