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Research Analyst Biostatistician to support SPRINTER program

Research Analyst / Biostatistician to work within PRC

Located at Camperdown Campus, Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health

1 year Fixed -Term and base salary $106K plus superannuation

About the opportunity 
The Research Analyst / Biostatistician, with advanced skills in quantitative methods and analysis will be responsible for undertaking relevant statistical work in the area of quantitative public health research within the Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC) more specifically in support of the NSW Health Prevention Research Support Program (PRSP) and the NSW Office of Sport partnership program, SPRINTER. Responsible for the provision and application of statistical methods to the Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC) research, conducting statistical analysis, undertaking and contributing to research management and design. The Research Analyst/Biostatistician will undertake analytical tasks as part of the research program funded by SPRINTER, a research and policy partnership with the NSW Office of Sport to conduct research into community participation in Sport and Physical Activity, as well as analytical tasks relating to the evaluation of anti-tobacco mass media campaigns. The position will also collaborate on other academic research projects as required and needed.The incumbent is expected to be highly skilled to manage large epidemiological and population health-related data. Construct and review statistical plans and manage all relevant databases and analyse research and population surveillance data using appropriate statistical analysis and modelling, to report on findings in collaboration with more senior researchers.
About you
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Analyst / Biostatistician who can demonstrate the following skills, attributes and qualifications:

PhD in physical activity, public health or equivalent
Successful completion of the NSW Ministry of Health Biostatistics training program is essential
demonstrated skills in applying advanced statistical analysis methods (e.g., multivariate modelling including GEE and related techniques), and other relevant software packages (e.g., SAS, STATA or SPSS or equivalent)
demonstrated skills in data management of large epidemiological and population health-related data, including the use of routine survey and population health data
experience in multivariate modelling relevant to public health and experience in calculating complex sample sizes and weighting in population health studies
Skills and expertise in the use of objective measures of physical activity such as accelerometry, particularly in children and young people, is essential
previous experience in academic publications and writing funding grants for research.

The successful incumbent will also have effective written and oral communication skills and significant experience working across multi agency partners to understand strategic communication issues and formulate appropriate methods for communicating policy relevant technical information for different audiences.
About us
The Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC) is a research group within the School of Public Health, at the University of Sydney and has specialised expertise in population-wide prevention research and translational research. In particular, PRC is engaged in generating and disseminating new knowledge about implementation of population-wide prevention. The PRC research portfolio includes public health priority topics, with emphases on chronic disease prevention, epidemiology and health promotion, especially tobacco control, physical activity, public health nutrition, and obesity prevention.The PRC seeks to achieve excellence in relation to its research focus areas:

Public health research on chronic disease prevention, including physical activity, Sport, tobacco, and obesity
Applied public health research, specifically research translation, population-wide and dissemination research
Policy-relevant and technical research for government and international bodies
Methodological research and measurement research development to inform prevention and program evaluation.

The Sport and Active Recreation Intervention and Epidemiology Research Group (SPRINTER) based with the Prevention Research Collaboration has a strategic partnership with the NSW Office of Sport and is focused on research to inform policy and practice for increasing community participation in Sport and Physical Activity to promote community health and wellbeing. This position supports the Academic Lead of SPRINTER to conduct policy relevant research and program evaluations, as well providing policy relevant information for government decision making. The position will also support the PRSP programs and will require to work with a range of researchers on epidemiological, prevention and translational-oriented research relevant to the work of the broader PRC group. The research includes analyses of data from population health datasets, epidemiological studies, and intervention studies.Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia"s first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Associate Professor Philayrath Phongsavan on +612 86279123 or recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Charlotte Allinson, Recruitment Consultant on 02 8627 9123 or refer to the candidate information pack for further details. Job Reference No. 1360/0719FAs this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit:NSW Health employment requirementsClosing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 25 July 2019The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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