Head, Statistics Australia

Job No: GEORGE30
Location: Newtown, Australia

  • Full time opportunity 
  • Respected global research organisation
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

Application close date: 11 December 2018

‘The George’ is 600+ people globally focused on improving the health of millions of people. 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 the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.

A unique opportunity exists for a dynamic Head, Statistics Australia. This role will have overall responsibility for the delivery, quality and integrity of statistical activities to support research programs conducted by The George Institute, Australia. This role is also expected to contribute to statistical activities globally including collaborations with statistics staff across all locations.

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Manage Statistics Division employees based in Australia
  • Coordinate the allocation of staff across projects
  • Manage the budget of the Statistics Division (Australia)
  • Lead the design and analysis of research projects
  • Play a key role in the interpretation and publication of research results
  • Engage in independent academic research (e.g. higher degree supervision)
  • Contribute to the development of study proposal and funding applications
  • Keep abreast of new statistical methods
  • Lead local capacity development in biostatistics
  • Ensure quality of statistics deliverables
  • Act as main liaison with internal and external stakeholders locally
  • Actively develop professional networks with peer statisticians locally and internationally
  • Comply with all institute policies and SOPs as well as regulatory requirements for the programming, analysis and reporting of research projects (e.g. FDA, EMEA, TGA)

Desired Skills and Experience

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Master / Doctoral qualifications in Statistics
  • Minimum 4-5 years working experience as a senior biostatistician
  • Substantial experience in the design, analysis and reporting of clinical research
  • In-depth understanding of probability and statistics theory
  • Understanding of data management principles for clinical trials and medical research
  • Applied knowledge of advanced statistical models, such as generalized linear models, survival analyses and mixed models
  • Experience in project management and project team coordination
  • Good working knowledge of at least one of the standard statistical software packages (i.e. SAS, R or Stata)
  • Demonstrated managerial or team leadership experience and/or high leadership potential
  • A strong understanding of relevant Good Clinical Practice and regulatory guidelines, especially as connected with data quality and accuracy
  • Ability to evaluate and recommend changes to existing processes and procedures for greater effectiveness
  • Excellent time management and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High level problem solving, analytical, and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well and flexibly ie. autonomously, in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders, including senior management
  • Ability to see the big picture, whilst still maintaining a focus on detail and implementation
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments
  • Strong focus on quality of work
  • 'Big data' experience including predictive analytics, machine learning and the analysis of routinely-collected data

We offer a flexible and inclusive work culture with excellent staff benefits including, salary packaging arrangements and sound learning opportunities.

The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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