UWA logoLocation: School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth
Appointment: 0.8 or 1.0 FTE
Duration: Fixed term for 2 years
Start date: First quarter of 2018
Closing Date: 10 January 2012


Relevant qualifications:

PhD with postgraduate study in Epidemiology or Biostatistics. Exceptional applicants with a Masters level qualification may apply.

Research Role:

We seek a postdoctoral or experienced Masters-level public health researcher to join the research team on an NHMRC-funded grant investigating the Burden of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) in Australia. Our research focus is on the epidemiology of RHD in Australia, health service utilisation and costs, as well as factors influencing the capacity of the health system to implement proven strategies for RHD across the prevention spectrum. The quantitative component of the study predominantly draws on linked hospital, mortality and RHD register data from multiple Australian jurisdictions. The project is aligned to the End RHD Centre for Research Excellence, with the data directly contributing to policy recommendations, based on empirical and modelled evidence, about the optimal composition and mix of interventions to achieve disease control.

Our team consists of researchers with expertise in RHD, other cardiovascular diseases, epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, health systems research and Aboriginal health from the University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute, Menzies School of Health Research (Darwin), and a range of other research units, government departments and agencies around Australia.

This position would suit somebody who has completed a PhD or has post-doctoral experience, with intermediate to advanced epidemiological/ biostatistics skills applied to the analysis of linked data, excellent organisational and writing skills, including a demonstrated capacity to co-ordinate/manage projects. Candidates should be passionate about translational research, working with low resource populations and working in a supportive work place environment alongside colleagues with diverse research skills.

As part of this exciting new role you will:

  • Undertake manipulation and analysis of large, complex data sets
  • Collaborate with other group members.
  • Co-ordinate project planning and the day to day running of the project
  • Work with the Project investigator(s) to ensure appropriate management of the study budget and reporting/administrative requirements
  • Develop effective communication channels between internal and external project stakeholders and other collaborators
  • Lead preparation of research papers for publication in scientific journals in collaboration with the other group members.
  • Write and review scientific content for reports
  • Present research findings at national and international scientific forums.
  • Contribute to dissemination activities and workshops with key stakeholders
  • Contribute to seminars and supervision.
  • Other duties as directed.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in epidemiology, statistics, health sciences or relevant field (exceptional Masters level graduates may be considered)
  • Sound knowledge of research methods in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Experience and proven ability in data management and quantitative analysis of large, complex data including merging data sets, data quality checking and multivariate regression techniques
  • High level proficiency with data analysis software (eg STATA, SAS or SPSS)
  • Project management and co-ordination skills
  • Proven ability in the preparation and publication of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently as well as collaboratively with a research team
  • Highly developed and effective interpersonal and communication skills

To discuss this position, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tel: +61-8-6488-1001 or +61-421776749

Applicants will be required to provide a current curriculum vitae, including post-graduate coursework completed and research/publication track record, together with contact details of two professional referees.