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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Senior Lecturer, Lecturer

Research Fellow (Biostatistician in Child Health)

Job no: 494566
Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: UNSW, Kensington
Categories: Academic

Research Fellow #494566

Biostatistician in Child Health


Medicine, UNSW

School of Women’s and Children’s Health

Discipline of Paediatrics


  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations.  With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney, as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The School of Women’s & Children’s Health (SWCH) is comprised of the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Statistics Unit (NPESU). Clinical academics in the School are located at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, St George and Bankstown Hospitals, with teaching contributions made in Paediatrics at the Sutherland, Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals.  The main administrative centre for the School is based at the Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

As part of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) our focus is on translational research that will have a direct impact on the everyday lives of children, especially children and young people whose voices often go unheard, such as those from Aboriginal, refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those living in socioeconomic disadvantage or out of home care. This is an integrated multidisciplinary translational research team working across the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network with partners in Local Health Districts, State and Commonwealth governments, to inform service delivery and policy through innovation, collaboration, research, policy development and advocacy.

About the role

  • $103K – $121K plus 17% superannuation
  • Fixed term for two years, with strong prospects for extension past this time, subject to performance in the role and funding outcomes
  • Full-time (part time and flexible hours can be considered)

The Research Fellow will work within the new Population Child Health research group and will support research service and develop novel research by increasing quality publication output and grant income with the ultimate aim of improving the health, wellbeing and development of children and young people locally, nationally and internationally. The research group is based within three themes: health services research, best start in life, and kids that are doing it tough. You will have the opportunity to work with a new population data set “Kids Data”, which explores the burden and the key determinants of poor child health across the state.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Epidemiology/Statistics or equivalent working experience in related areas with a proven track record in journal publication. Previous experience of working with large administrative data sets will be highly desirable.  

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:


  • A PhD in Epidemiology/Statistics or related discipline, or an appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training and/or professional accreditation
  • Competency in a range of statistical software preferably R and or Stata and previous experience working with large sets of data
  • Proven initiative and problem-solving skills, with demonstrated ability to work both independently and part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and levels of seniority
  • Proven high level organisational skills, including the ability to establish priorities, time management, with excellent attention to detail

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application. To apply, please submit your application and contact information for two references. 

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.


Professor Raghu Lingam

Applications close: 11:00pm 5th September 2018

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UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

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