Head, Data Analytics

Job No: GEORGE283
Location: Flexible

  • 2 year, fixed term contract (potential for extension)
  • Flexible working arrangements available - including base location
  • Respected global research organisation
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

The George Institute (TGI) is 700+ people around the world, all focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to:

  • Find better treatments for the world's biggest health problems
  • Transform primary health care to support better health for more people
  • Harness the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health

Our innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact. Please visit 'what we do' to read more about how we are addressing the world's biggest health problems.

Given the increase in the size and complexity of health data as well as recent advances in machine learning applications, there is an opportunity to use innovative analytics approaches in health.

To develop capacity and provide a coordinated data analytics strategy we wish to establish a global data analytics program to act as a hub providing methodological guidance, services and training focused on machine learning and visual analytics methods. The data analytics program will be central to our 2025 research strategy which is aimed at finding better treatments and delivering better health across the world.

Here are some examples of current or planned machine learning applications:

  • Using CT scans to predict post-stroke outcomes
  • Identifying patterns of co-morbidities in India and the UK
  • Automating the adjudication of clinical events in cardiovascular trials

Due to the continued growth within our Biostatistics and Data Science team, we are now looking for a Head, Data Analytics.

The Head, Data Analytics will be responsible for overall leadership of the Global Data Analytics program, in conjunction with the Director, Biostatistics and Data Science. The role will act as the key point of contact internally and externally, coordinate activities (e.g. training or provision of services), develop capacity, systems and processes, lead funding applications, and grow and lead the Data Analytics team etc.

The Head, Data Analytics will be responsible for growing the program, and will manage senior/data scientists / analysts once a team is established.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership and coordination of the data analytics program
  • Develop and grow internal data analytics capacity (e.g. organise internal seminars, workshops, forums etc related to machine learning and data analytics)
  • Management of data scientists
  • Lead/Develop research projects (once program more established)
  • Supervise data science/analytics students and/or interns
  • Strengthen/establish links with key strategy partners
  • Contribute to Institute projects by applying machine learning and analytics methods
  • Contribute to the creation of a standardised internal research data repository
  • Collaborate with Institute researchers
  • Contribute to the design and reporting of projects involving the use of data analytics methods
  • Act as internal data analytics expert and be the key contact, both internally and externally,
  • Keep abreast of methodological developments

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Master / Doctoral qualifications in statistics or data science
  • Strong experience within the data analytics field, with at least 5 years of relevant working experience in a health research environment
  • Sound understanding of probability and statistics theory
  • Sound understanding of linear models (i.e. ANOVA, linear regression), logistic regression, survival analysis
  • Experience in the application of supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods
  • In-depth working knowledge of R or Python
  • Experience interpreting results and assisting with the preparation of publications
  • Ability to learn and implement new statistical methods
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong focus on quality of work
  • Understand the need and for and demonstrate strict adherence to confidentiality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well and flexibly i.e. autonomously, in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing teams

This is a great opportunity for you to work on exciting projects and make an impact on global health outcomes.

For more information, please see the Position Description here.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 25th July 2021. We do, however, reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

Our big and bold mission to improve the health of millions of people worldwide needs a diverse and innovative team to deliver it. So we foster a dynamic, inclusive and flexible workplace where each individual can bring their best selves to work.

Everyone is encouraged to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, LGBTIQ people and mature-aged adults.

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