Researcher, Data Scientist/Biostatistician job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Type of work: CDD available 2 years

Location: Parcville

Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Youth Mental Health Center

Salary: $75,289 – $127,707 per year (prorated)

Role & retirement rate: Academic – Full Time/Part Time – 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s No. 1 university and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

About the Youth Mental Health Center

In January 2009, the University of Melbourne established a new Center for Youth Mental Health (CYMH) within the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences, where academic and professional staff supplied to Orygen are now based . All NHMRC and ARC grants to be used for Orygen activities are managed within CYMH.

Orygen provides cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education for mental health personnel to ensure continuous improvement in the treatment and care provided to young people with mental illness. mental health problems.

About the role

The Researcher – Data Scientist/Biostatistician will be a member of the Center for Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) team (based in Orygen), and will work with other researchers within CYMH, the University and nationally and internationally. This is a two-year position with the possibility of extension.

With support and guidance from senior academic staff, you will apply modern and innovative data analysis and simulation methods to datasets collected at Orygen and its partner organisations. This role has been funded by the Victorian Department of Health and its main objective is to help identify opportunities to improve the funding and organization of mental health services for young people by providing new information based on data on subjects.

In a typical week at work, you can:

  • Contribute to data analysis and modeling.
  • Participate in the communication and dissemination of research.
  • Contribute to publications arising from scholarship and research, such as publication of books and in peer-reviewed journals.

About you

You will have highly developed organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet project deadlines, as well as excellent organizational and time management skills. You will have the ability to work independently as well as an effective part of a collaborative team when needed. You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to communicate with researchers and other stakeholders who may have limited experience and understanding of statistics and modeling.

Ideally, you will also have:

  • A master’s or doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics, data science, epidemiology, economics, population health, or other quantitative fields such as psychology, neuroscience, or ecology.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply research methodologies and quantitative data analysis.
  • Highly developed R programming skills, including data handling/processing, statistical and/or simulation models, and data visualization.

To ensure that the University continues to provide a safe environment for all, this position requires the incumbent to hold an up-to-date and valid working with children verification.

Benefits of working with us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and meet challenges, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our employees enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages and from diverse cultures are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, your resume, and your answers against the selection criteria* (found in the job description) for the role.

*For more information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected]

Closing of applications: APRIL 10, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Sean N. Ayres