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Biostatistician – NDARC (POPPY II Project)

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) was established at the University of New South Wales by the Australian Government in 1986 to extend the knowledge base required for effective treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug related problems and to enhance the overall research capacity in the drug and alcohol field. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Drug and Alcohol Program. The Centre is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, for its contribution to drug and alcohol research.

POPPY II is an NHMRC-funded research study that will have significant policy and clinical practice implications for the treatment of pain. This is a retrospective population-based cohort study of approximately 2 million people prescribed opioids in NSW between 2002 and 2018. This world-first study involves a cross jurisdictional linkage of ten datasets, including data on pharmaceutical claims, health service utilisation (including primary care access, hospitalisations and emergency department presentations) and mortality. The project is being conducted by a leading team of academics in this field from UNSW Sydney, The University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney. Findings will help inform our response to Australia’s rising opioid problem and be of direct relevance to regulatory authorities and agencies responsible for medicines worldwide.

About the role:

  • 2 year Fixed-term, Full-Time opportunity
  • Level 7/8: $95, 462 - $120, 233 (+ 17% superannuation & Leave loading)
  • Sydney, Australia based

The Biostatistician is responsible for supporting the project team in achieving the aims of the study. This will involve designing, planning and analyzing a range of pharmaco/epidemiological studies using linked health data, including descriptive studies relating to different opioid exposures and outcomes, as well as more complex study designs to establish the potential association between differing levels of opioid exposure and a range of health-related outcomes. The role of the Biostatistician reports to the POPPY II Chief Investigators and has no direct reports.

Please review the position description for more details on the role requirements. Download File Biostatistician PD NDARC POPPY II

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

Level 7:

  • Undergraduate degree specialising in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology or a related discipline, with relevant research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management and analysis of large complex health datasets, and preferably the analysis of linked, longitudinal data.
  • Highly developed data analysis skills and experience in use of one or more statistical packages including SAS, Stata or R, with evidence of applying a methodical and detailed approach to data exploration and cleaning.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently and accurately perform complex statistical analyses and provide direction in research design and statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated understanding of ethical principles relating to privacy and confidentiality with ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality when dealing with sensitive data.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proven ability to build successful working relationships with a variety of people, both internal and external.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Level 8 (in addition to the above):

  • Postgraduate degree in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology or a related discipline, with relevant research experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualise novel research questions in areas relevant to public health or health services research, and to develop these into research outputs.
  • Demonstrated capacity to carry out or contribute to independent research as indicated by a proven track record of writing reports or manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application.

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

Contact: Dr Natasa Gisev


Applications close: 11pm 30th September 2019

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