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Alison Hayes, 29 August 2016

Research Fellow

Sydney School of Public Health

Sydney School of Public Health
Reference no. 1298/0816

  • Bring your skills in health economics to collaborative and interdisciplinary research
  • Contribute to NHMRC funded projects
  • Full-time or part-time (minimum 0.5FTE), fixed term for 18 months, remuneration package: base salary $87K-$117K p.a., leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

    The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

    An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified post-doctoral candidate to work with the health economics group at the School of Public Health in Sydney Medical School. You will contribute to statistical analyses and health economic modelling for two NHMRC projects, one in the area of obesity in childhood and the other in cardiovascular disease.

    The first project is the newly funded NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood. The overall aim of the CRE is to reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related behaviours in the first five years of life in order to transform the health trajectories of the next generation. The CRE has four main streams of research: analysing intervention trials; assessment of obesity-related behaviours; economic evaluation; and translation of evidence into policy and practice. You will have the primary responsibility for developing a health economic model for progression of obesity in early childhood. This will be used to compare cost-effectiveness of interventions targeted in childhood. The role involves liaising with other key researchers in the CRE, mentoring and coordinating research staff and PhD students attached to the Stream; and helping write up results of the analysis.

    The second project is a program of NHMRC funded research which is developing a policy model for cardiovascular disease. In this project you will have responsibility for analysis of linked data to derive survival models for mortality following major cardiovascular events and for deriving costs for cardiovascular events. The role will involve liaising with other researchers at University of Melbourne and University of Technology Sydney.

    In this role you will:

  • initiate and conduct research under limited supervision either as a member of a team, or independently (where appropriate), to achieve the objectives of the NHMRC funded projects
  • personally and through active participation in teams, prepare and develop grant applications relating to the project(s)
  • conduct research and engage in scholarly publication, personally and in research teams
  • prepare findings/results for oral and written communication, producing or contributing to the production of conference and seminar papers and publications from that research.

    To be successful in this role you will have:


  • a relevant doctoral qualification or equivalent in health economics, economics, statistics, or public health
  • high level programming skills in STATA, SAS or R
  • highly developed analytical and data analysis skills
  • experience in economic or epidemiological modelling
  • established research and track record of publication in international journals
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • demonstrated excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills. Desirable:
  • experience in economic evaluation
  • experience in analysis of linked healthcare data
  • experience in survival analysis.

    For appointment at the higher level you must also demonstrate abilities and experience in independent research and potential to develop research leadership skills and to lead small teams.

    This position is offered up to full-time, fixed term and is available for 18 months in the first instance. For the right candidate, part time or scaled hours will be considered.

    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.

    Specific enquiries regarding the role may be directed to Associate Professor Alison Hayes at alison.hayes@sydney.edu.au General enquiries regarding the recruitment process may be directed to Julie Small, Lead Recruitment Consultant, on +61 2 8627 1223.

    CLOSING DATE: 11pm 18 September 2016

    The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

    The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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