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Biostatistician (POPPY II Study)

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support

Biostatistician (POPPY II Study)

The Opportunity  

  • 2 x Full time, Fixed Term 12-month contracts available with the potential for renewal.
  • Level 7/Level 8 dependent on experience $98k - $123k base plus 17% superannuation & leave loading.
  • Full working rights are required.
  • Sydney, Australia based.

A unique opportunity exists to contribute to a study shaping policy and clinical practice around the treatment of pain in Australia. POPPY II is a retrospective population-based cohort study of approximately 3.5 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. Find out more about the research study here.

The Biostatistician will be 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 (for approximately 3.5 million people), 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 see the attached position descriptionDownload File Position Description for full details and responsibilities.

Skills and Experience

Level 7

  • Relevant degree specialising in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology or a related discipline, with relevant research experience or equivalent competence gained through any combination of education, training and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management and analysis of large complex health datasets, and analysis of linked, longitudinal data will be preferred.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated success working effectively and collaboratively on initiatives with a range of people at different levels, both internal and external.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail for deliverables produced.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

Level 8

  • 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.

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

Contact (For job related queries only):

Dr Natasa Gisev                             E:

Applications close: 11pm, 24th October 2021

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