Research Officer Biostatistician - The University of Sydney - EducationCareer

First listed on: 15 August 2019

Research Officer Biostatistician

  • The Matilda Centre is looking for a dynamic Research Officer/Biostatistician to provide technical knowledge and support our research program in mental health promotion
  • Located at the Matilda Centre, Darlington Campus
  • 6 month Fixed Term, part-time 0.4FTE (2 days per week) opportunity with possible extension for 12months depending upon funding
  • Base salary $86K p.a. pro rata plus generous contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for an enthusiastic Research Officer with a keen interest in Biostatistics to join the progressive team at the Matilda Centre based at Darlington Campus.

The Research Officer/Biostatistician will provide technical knowledge and research support to Senior Research Fellow Dr Lexine Stapinski  in line with the priorities of the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use. The role will primarily involve contributing to the research activities (data management, analysis and manuscript preparation) of the Inroads trial of early intervention to address anxiety and harmful alcohol use among young people.

More about the project can be found here

You will work under broad direction and exercise independent judgement in the design, performance and project management of allocated research activities and tasks. Some of your key accountabilities will include:

  • Conduct data analysis and prepare preliminary reports.
  • Provide day-to-day research support as part of the broader research agenda for the work area.
  • Manage the development of research publications.
  • Ensures that ethics guidelines, standards and WHS requirements are met.
  • Undertakes ad-hoc research support activities.

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 Officer/ Biostatistician who possesses the below qualifications and experience:

  • Tertiary qualifications or Postgraduate degree (or near completion) in biostatistics, medical statistics, applied statistics, psychology or public health with experience in research methods, clinical epidemiology and quantitative statistics or demonstrated equivalent professional experience. 
  • previous statistical modelling skills with proficiency implementing a range of procedures including mixed models, mediation analysis, clinical trial analysis
  • proficient skills across a range of statistical packages including STATA, Mplus and SPSS
  • demonstrated experience in collection, analysis and reporting of research data
  • experience developing and working on research projects. Previous experience conducting mental health/alcohol research and/or evaluating mental health interventions would be highly regarded.

The ideal candidate will have a general understanding of mental health and substance use research, prevention and/or treatment or the ability to rapidly learn a new field to a high degree of understanding. They will have exceptional communication skills along with the ability to work autonomously with competing priorities under limited supervision.

About us

More about the Matilda Centre can be found here

As one of the Asia Pacific region's most highly rated education and research institutions, Sydney Medical School is dedicated to improving health through excellence in research, creating new knowledge and fostering innovation and research at the highest level, across the disciplines of basic science, clinical medicine and public health. Research is focused on both discovery and translating discoveries into improved healthcare, with major programs of research into diseases and health challenges of national and international significance.

Established at the University of Sydney in 2018, The Matilda Centre will provide a world-first synergy of leading prevention, early intervention and treatment research and translation programs in substance use and mental disorders. The Matilda Centre brings together researchers currently working across disorder silos (substance use, mental health, suicide, exercise physiology, dietetics, chronic disease) to share skills, synergise data, and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention, early intervention and treatment programs for substance use and mental disorders. 

The Matilda Centre houses several NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence and state, national and international programs in mental health and substance use research.  The Matilda Centre develops and maintains partnerships and collaborations with government, philanthropy, local health districts and other agencies to drive world-class innovative research and translate evidence into public health policy and practice.

The Centre has over 55 academic and professional staff and over 50 ongoing projects and a strong growth trajectory. 

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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1583/0819F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 25 August 2019

The 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.


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