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David Smith, 25 May 2016



Position Title: Biostatistician (Pharmacometrician)
Classification: SO
Department: Population Health
Contact: david.smith@qimrberghofer.edu.au
Website: https://recruitment.qimr.edu.au/ViewJob.aspx?jobid=662
Location: Herston


Conduct pharmacometric analyses of data coming from ongoing trials.

In addition to pharmacometrics, there will be opportunities to collaborate with researchers across all disease areas, including oncology, mental illness, immunology, and population health.


QIMR Berghofer is a statutory body under the QIMR Act (1945). The mission of QIMR Berghofer is to promote the wellbeing of humankind through medical research, to maintain within the State of Queensland an internationally recognised Centre for Medical Research, to develop that Centre as the primary focus of Medical Research within the State and to cooperate with, and where possible assist the work of other medical research establishments within the State and throughout the world.

The Statistics Unit is part of the Cancer & Population Studies and provides statistical consultancy/collaborates on medical and public health research projects. The Unit provides statistical and research support for clinicians and scientists at the Institute and the Metro North network of hospitals across Queensland.


The position reports to Senior Biostatistician and will work closely with Group Leaders requiring the biostatistical services.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and undertake analysis of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (parasite growth and clearance) data with internal and external partners, both locally and globally.
  • Share knowledge of pharmacometrics and train other QIMRB biostatisticians.
  • Contribute to research programs in areas of medical research, including oncology, mental illness, immunology, and population health.
  • Design, conduct and analyse data from studies ranging from basic science to translational research to clinical trials.
  • Provide expert advice to researchers in the development of grant applications to support research activities in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Co-author high quality research papers in leading scientific journals through your biostatistical contributions.
  • Ensure work practices comply with the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act, related legislative requirements and the Institute’s WH&S policies and procedures.


  • Act as Project Statistician on various clinical trials and translational science projects
  • Be responsible for all statistical tasks on assigned projects. This will include study design and planning, writing statistical analysis plans, reporting activities, exploratory analyses and additional analyses to support publications.
  • Establish and maintain sound working relationships and effective communication within the Institute and with national and international collaborators


  • Provide statistical consultancy to clinical, translational, and basic science researchers.
  • Take part in relevant consultancy activities that can also contribute to research activities of QIMR Berghofer.


  • Support the Unit's goals of providing timely and high quality statistical services.
  • Serve on relevant ad hoc committees as required.



    Post-graduate qualifications in Biostatistics, Statistics, or related fields

    Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong track record in one or more of the following: pharmacokinetics, advanced understanding of PK/PD modelling and simulation, ADME.
  • Strong quantitative skills and research experience in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical trials, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Good statistical programming skills, with required programming expertise in NONMEM or MONOLIX or other specialty PK/PD modelling software. Additional programming experience in at least one of the following software packages is required: SAS, STATA, Matlab or R
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical analyses including interpretation and presentation of results
  • Sound knowledge of advanced biostatistical methods in clinical studies
  • Ability to work on a variety of collaborative studies in a wide range of therapeutic areas
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to prioritise multiple tasks as well as flexibility to meet changing team priorities and research project deadlines
  • Excellent written skills and ability to produce clear reports and manuscripts for publication in clinical and scientific journals
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to conceptualise and report verbally on project matters

    Personal Qualities

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and effectively within a team, which may include national and international collaborators
  • Proactivity and ability to learn new analytical techniques and methods to address project needs


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