Senior Biostatistician

Advertiser: Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Salary: $82397 - $110557

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Great working conditions
Exciting opportunity to work in an expanding and diverse research field
Make a difference within Australia’s largest Child health Research Institute

We are seeking a full time Senior Biostatistician on a 2 year contract to join the Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CEBU) Research Group. This is a new role designed for an early-career postdoctoral biostatistician who wishes to pursue methodological research while also providing collaborative support to a major epidemiological research study. The position is partially supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant that aims to pursue methodological research relating to problems in the analysis of incomplete data, and by a large ongoing cohort study of young children that is based at the MCRI. The appointee will not only work closely with researchers at the MCRI, but also with colleagues in the broader Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat), funded as an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence, within which CEBU is the leading partner. The appointee will report jointly to A/Prof Katherine Lee and Prof Melissa Wake.

The MCRI’s Child Health CheckPoint is an internationally significant component of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, a nationally representative longitudinal study managed by the Department of Social Services on behalf of the Australian Government. In planning since 2012, the CheckPoint data collection ended in March 2016 with data organisation, extraction, scoring and coding plus preliminary bioassays due to be complete by Dec 2016. From mid- 2016, data will begin to be linked with the 6 waves of comprehensive data already collected since 2004 within the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Two senior CEBU staff members are CheckPoint investigators with CEBU’s Director heading its Data and Statistics Committee, which the biostatistician will also join. The appointee will work closely with the large team of investigators, research assistants, postdoctoral staff and doctoral/other students in Checkpoint to develop analysis plans and to support and conduct analyses for numerous planned papers from this study. There will be scope for methodological work on problems relating to missing data and longitudinal analysis using Checkpoint data.

You will be responsible for:

  • Developing a program of research encompassing the extension, implementation and evaluation of new methods for handling incomplete data in large epidemiological studies using multiple imputation.
  • Developing, supporting and conducting appropriate analyses of data from the Child Health Check Point project.

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • Working with Children Check & National Police Clearance (if appointed)A PhD in biostatistics, statistics or closely related discipline
  • Strong understanding and technical knowledge of complex statistical models and methods for longitudinal data analysis
  • Experience in performing complex data manipulation and analysis in a statistical package with a flexible programming language such as Stata
  • Record of publication of peer-reviewed scientific articles
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Aptitude and enthusiasm for supervision of research students
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve project goals and meet agreed deadlines
  • Experience in collaborative research involving the application of statistical methods in health research, preferably with experience in longitudinal studies, missing data methods or health technology evaluation including randomised trials and meta-analysis (desirable)
  • Experience in the management of data collection and data analysis for research studies (desirable)
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