First listed on: 05 October 2022

  • Not for profit sector
  • Professional and friendly environment
  • Office located in Glebe (Sydney), NSW (with flexible & remote work arrangements available)


About the Sax Institute

The Sax Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that improves health and wellbeing by driving better use of evidence in policies, programs and services.

The Institute has an international reputation as an Evidence Specialist, and nearly 20 years’ experience in translating research findings into policy drawing on our own expertise as well as that of our more than 50 member organisations. We work with governments, health organisations, research organisations and a network of experts nationwide to analyse policy problems and find the best evidence-based solutions.


About the role

A great opportunity exists for a Senior Discrete Event Simulation Modeller to join the Sax Institute. Sitting within the Decision Analytics team, this position will develop process model-based decision support tools for governmental, non-governmental and service delivery organisations, using high-level mathematical modelling and data analytics skills. This role will provide a unique opportunity to build simulation models to solve real-world problems and leave a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Working with dedicated professionals and true experts in their field, this is a diverse role that will be responsible for the technical development of high-standard Discrete Event Simulation models. Although no two days will be the same, responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the analytic work in developing Discrete Event Simulation based decision support tools for policy and planning, including updates to and expansion of existing tools
  • Develop standardised approaches for managing DES model data, components, user interfaces and dashboards
  • Supporting stakeholder engagement in model development
  • Contributing to the dissemination of the work of Decision Analytics
  • Contributing to tenders and applications for new work
  • Contributing to capacity building and innovation 


About you – Selection Criteria

We are looking for an experienced Discrete Event Simulation Modeller to fill this position who has the following experience and current skill set:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (e.g. computer science, statistics, mathematics, engineering) or demonstrated equivalent professional experience

A minimum of 2 years professional experience developing Discrete Event Simulation models

  • Advanced experience with discrete event simulation / agent-based modelling simulation software, preferably AnyLogic.
  • Familiarity with one or more object-oriented programming languages (Java and python experience preferred),
  • Practical experience with, and knowledge of, statistics (e.g. regression, distribution fitting, forecasting, bootstrapping) and one or more common statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, R)
  • Proven high-level analytical skills and a methodical approach to data management and analysis
  • Good knowledge of data privacy and security issues and the ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality when dealing with sensitive data or reports with restricted access.
  • High-level organisational and time management skills with demonstrated expertise in managing input from multiple stakeholders
  • A strong service orientation with proven ability to build successful working relationships with a variety of people, both internal and external, and to deliver on commitments made
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Unrestricted work rights in Australia


A PhD degree in Operations Research, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Public Health or related quantitative discipline.

Experience in a health research or policy environment will also be highly regarded, but is not essential.


Further details

If this sounds interesting, please go to the Careers Opportunities page of our website to read more about the position:

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria to with the subject heading: Senior Discrete Event Simulation Modeller.

Please contact Danielle Currie at if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: 3 November 2022

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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