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Rory Wolfe, 8 June 2016

Research Fellow

Monash University

Research Fellow (Biostatistics)

Department/Unit: Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Primary Function: Research Collaboration
Classification: Level B
Employment type: Full-time
Work location: Monash Health and Translation Precinct Clayton Road, Clayton

Organisational context

Monash is a university of transformation, progress and optimism. Our people are our most valued asset, with our academics among the best in the world and our professional staff revolutionising the way we operate as an organisation.

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences is the University's largest research faculty. World-class researchers work across disciplines including laboratory-based medical science, applied clinical research, and social and public health research. The Faculty is home to a number of leading medical and biomedical research institutes and groups, and has contributed to advances in many crucial areas. Our expertise in life sciences and biomedicine is recognised both nationally and internationally.

From a teaching perspective, our education curriculum covers a range of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, radiography & medical imaging, nutrition & dietetics, paramedic studies, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, behavioural neurosciences and social work. We take pride in delivering outstanding education in all courses, in opening students to the possibilities offered by newly discovered knowledge and in providing a nurturing and caring environment. To learn more about the Faculty, please visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au

Monash School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine is a teaching and research unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and has a major unit at Monash Health Translation Precinct. It plays a prominent role in public health medicine in Australia and has a strong record for training individuals with the capacity and skills to assume leadership roles in Australia in this field. We work closely with the major Monash affiliated hospitals, research institutes and public health units within Victoria. Our skills provide a key resource underpinning translational research within our Faculty.

The Biostatistics Unit is housed within SPHPMs Division of Research Methodology, which contains in addition the Clinical Informatics and Data Management Unit, the Epidemiological Modelling Unit and the Research Governance Unit. The Biostatistics Unit includes both core staff funded directly by the Unit as well as biostatisticians funded by specific clinical or public health research projects.

Position purpose

The Research Fellow (Biostatistics) will work under broad direction as part of the Biostatistics Consulting Platform to provide statistical consultancy to researchers at Monash Health Translation Precinct who have Monash University, FMNHS positions, either as staff, students or adjunct staff. This catchment includes the Southern Clinical School and Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) of FMNHS. The work will include collaborations on large high-profile clinical and epidemiological research projects leading to co-authored publications.

Reporting Line: The position reports directly to the Senior Biostatistician, Monash Health Translation Precinct and is under the broad supervision of Head, Biostatistics Consulting Platform.

Key responsibilities

A Level B research-only academic is expected to carry out independent and/or team research within the field in which he/she is appointed and to carry out activities to develop her/his research expertise relevant to the particular field of research. This position will be for a biostatistician to contribute to a variety of research teams.
1. Draw on substantial experience, knowledge and expertise in biostatistics to engage in research collaboration on large high-profile health research studies at Monash Health Translation Precinct.
2. Lead the conduct of biostatistical aspects of trials and/or observational studies including study design, preparation, sampling, data analysis and preparation of results and reports. This may require a rethink of the way a specific body of knowledge is applied in order to solve problems and the adoption of procedures to fit policy prescriptions or the use of theoretical principles in modifying and adapting techniques;
3. Prepare documentation (e.g. for grant application submissions to external funding bodies, research and conference papers) requiring the analysis of quantitative data;
4. Supervise research-support staff involved in the staff member's research;
5. Guide the research effort of junior members of research-only Academic staff in her/his research area;
6. Involvement in professional activities including, subject to availability of funds, attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise;
7. Administrative functions primarily connected with her/his area of research;
8. Occasional contributions to the teaching program within the field of the staff member's research;
9. Co-supervision or, where appropriate, supervision of major honours or postgraduate research projects within the field of the staff member's area of research;
10. Attendance at meetings associated with research or the work of the organisational unit to which the research is connected and/or at departmental, school and/or faculty meetings and/or membership of a limited number of committees.
11. Maintain good research practice regarding the repeatability of data analyses;
12. Collaborate fully with content experts in various areas of health research;
13. Keep abreast of developments, activities and protocols in area of expertise through liaison with staff of the Biostatistics Unit and peers, reading relevant literature and attendance at meetings and seminars;
14. Comply with University policy, procedure and protocols in relation to the nature of the research being conducted;
15. Other duties as required within the scope of the classification of this position.

Key selection criteria


The appointee will have a tertiary qualification in a relevant field, e.g. statistics or biostatistics, from a recognised university Knowledge and Skills
1. Demonstrated experience as a statistical/biostatistical consultant
2. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, succinct reports and documents for various audiences and interact with, advise and negotiate with a diversity of stakeholders.
3. Outstanding organisational skills with the ability to plan & prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
4. Familiarity with observational epidemiology studies and clinical trials, with experience in the application of statistical methods in one or both of these areas.
5. Evidence of an emerging track record of publications and presentations
6. High levels of initiative and flexibility
7. Ability to work collaboratively with other health professionals
8. Demonstrated computer literacy, especially with statistical software programs such as Stata, SAS or R and proficiency in the production of high level reports using software such as Microsoft Office applications, with the capability and willingness to learn new packages as appropriate.
9. Experience in conducting training courses in quantitative methods and/or statistical software
10. A demonstrated understanding of confidentiality, privacy and information handling principles.

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Closing Date: Sunday 19 June 2016, 11:55pm AEST
Enquiries: Professor Rory Wolfe (rory.wolfe@monash.edu)


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