We currently require a Part Time (at 0.6 FTE) Biostatistician – Research Officer on a 12-month maternity leave contract to join Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CEBU).The Biostatistician (Research Officer) will be expected to contribute statistical expertise to a portfolio of clinical trials and related projects, within the work program of CEBU and the MCTC. This will involve direct contributions to the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of randomised trials, including the development of research protocols and grant proposals, and contributing to scientific publications. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to CEBU’s training program in quantitative research methods by sharing in the development and delivery of short courses in biostatistics and statistical computing . The position is expected to work with a significant degree of independence, reporting to the Associate Director (Biostatistics) of the MCTC and working closely with other members of the CEBU and MCTC teams.

You will be responsible for:

  • Significant and independent contribution to research projects, in particular randomised trials, as a biostatistician , including:
  • Development of research protocols with particular emphasis on study design and statistics
  • Preparation and implementation of statistical analysis plans
  • Contributing to manuscripts for publication
  • Development of grant proposals
  • Contributing as a member of the CEBU team to provide advice and training on biostatistical issues related to clinical trials and other studies to researchers on the Melbourne Children’s campus
  • Preparing and delivering occasional teaching sessions to non-statisticians and participating in the development and updating of teaching materials
  • Other duties as required from time to time

Key Selection Criteria
To be successful in this role you will have:

Essential:

  • A postgraduate qualification in biostatistics or closely related discipline
  • Evidence of involvement in significant research publication
  • At least two years’ experience in collaborative research involving the application of statistical methods in health research
  • Experience with randomised trials and related statistical methods
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills both with other statisticians and clinicians
  • Excellent statistical computing skills , preferably including familiarity with the Stata statistical package (or demonstrable capacity to develop this quickly)
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently
  • Working with Children & National Police Clearance (if appointed) in compliance with the Victorian Governments Child Safety Standards.

Desirable:

  • PhD in biostatistics or related field
  • Experience in teaching biostatistics at introductory level (to clinicians and other health researchers with minimal background in research methods)

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