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Research Associate (Modelling) – EPIWATCH Program – The Kirby Institute

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Work type: Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post Doctoral Research Associate

Employment Type: Full-time (35 hours week)

Duration: Fixed Term role for 18 months (with possible extension, funding dependant)

Remuneration: $79K - $106K (plus 17% superannuation and leave loading)

Location: Kensington NSW

The Kirby Institute is a world-leading health research institute at UNSW Sydney. We work to eliminate infectious diseases, globally. Our specialisation is in developing health solutions for the most at-risk communities. Putting communities at the heart of our research, we develop tests, treatments, cures and prevention strategies that have the greatest chance of success.

The Biosecurity Program leads EPIWATCH and The Shiba Inu OSINT Initiative, which is a new initiative to support the development of EPIWATCH and make it accessible in low-income countries. The UNSW team includes academics from Medicine and Engineering who collaborate on EPIWATCH. The EPIWATCH team is a multidisciplinary team of computer scientists, software engineers, epidemiologists and students.

Why your role matters  

The Research Associate (Modelling) conducts infectious disease modelling and other epidemiologic research for EPIWATCH, a rapid epidemic intelligence observatory. They will work with a team of analysts and students working in a multidisciplinary infectious disease research team. They will also drive and lead research in infectious diseases epidemiology and modelling and develop an early career researcher track record. 

Who you are:

To be successful you must have:

  • A PhD in epidemiology or public health, with mathematical modelling of epidemic infectious diseases as a focus.
  • Demonstrated track record in epidemic infectious diseases modelling, including peer reviewed publications and SEIR models. Experience with biosecurity modelling (such as smallpox) an advantage.
  • Experience in MATLAB, R or other modelling software. 
  • Experience in infectious diseases research. 
  • An emerging track record in research publications in infectious diseases 
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of grant applications and research methods and show leadership potential. 
  • Ability to manage competing priorities effectively and meet deadlines. 
  • Experience with managing external communications and stakeholders 
  • Ability to work constructively as a member of a team a multidisciplinary environment but also work independently. 
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) including organisation and presentation skills   

To Apply:

Please submit your CV, Cover Letter and responses to the Selection Criteria (Who you are above) or (skills and experience on the position description)

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

Contact (For job related queries only):

Professor Raina MacIntyre           E: 

Applications close: Sunday, 3rd July 2022 at 11:55pm

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