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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biostatistics (x2)

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Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biostatistics (x2)

We currently have an opportunity for two Full Time Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) on 3-year contracts.

These two exciting new roles are designed to attract talented early-career postdoctoral biostatisticians who wish to develop a methodological research portfolio in cutting-edge areas of biostatistics, while also engaging collaboratively in providing analytic support to major epidemiological cohort studies that are addressing 21st century challenges in health.

Both positions will have a primary focus (~60%) on conducting methodological research relating to problems in the analysis of missing data in the context of complex longitudinal studies and modern analytic approaches (e.g. causal inference methods, multilevel structures). The appointees will work closely with researchers at the MCRI in this area as well as colleagues in the broader Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat).

One position will also work closely with the LifeCourse initiative, which aims to maximise the research value of MCRIs unique cohort studies through data integration and novel methodologies, in order to build our understanding of the burden, causes and consequences of childhood and later-life diseases, with particular focus on the early origins of chronic health conditions. The other position will focus specifically on cohort studies within the Centre for Adolescent Health, namely the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study (VAHCS) and embedded Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study (VIHCS), and the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS).


  • Develop a program of research encompassing the extension, implementation and evaluation of methods for handling incomplete data, such as multiple imputation, in complex longitudinal studies and in the context of modern analytic approaches.
  • Design, implement and analyse simulation studies, as well as the analysis of applied case studies.
  • Develop new software within statistical packages such as Stata and R.
  • Advise on, plan, support and conduct appropriate analyses of data from a range of cohort studies.
  • Design, fit and interpret statistical models to address important questions in child and adolescent health, particularly regarding the causal pathways affecting health outcomes over the life course.

For a full list of responsibilities, please download the position description.

Key Selection Criteria

To be successful in this role you will have:


  • A PhD in biostatistics, statistics or closely related discipline.
  • Strong understanding and technical knowledge of complex statistical models.
  • Experience in performing complex data manipulation and analysis in a statistical package with a flexible programming language such as Stata or R.
  • Record of publication of peer-reviewed scientific articles.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Aptitude and enthusiasm for supervision of research students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve project goals and meet agreed deadlines.
  • Working with Children & National Police Clearance (if appointed) in compliance with the Victorian Governments Child Safety Standards.


  • Experience in collaborative research involving the application of statistical methods in health research, preferably with experience in longitudinal studies and missing data methods.

Only applicants who address the key selection criteria will be considered. Please place your responses to the key selection criteria at the end of your cover letter.

Please note, applications will only be considered when submitted via the MCRI website. Please click apply to proceed with your application.

Closing Date: 5pm Friday 1 February 2019

Position Reference: 15852

02/01/2019 $0 CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne Australia 1 Science & Technology
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