Career Opportunities: Research Officer - Biostatistician at MCRI

The Opportunity

You will contribute statistical expertise to a portfolio of clinical trials and related projects being conducted on the Melbourne Children’s campus within the work program of the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) and the Melbourne Children’s Trials Centre (MCTC) within the MCRI. This will involve collaborating with a range of clinical teams and providing direct contributions to the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of randomised trials, including the development of research protocols and grant proposals, and contributing to scientific publications. You will also develop methodological research interests around novel trial designs, in particular related to embedded and adaptive trials. And will contribute to CEBU’s training program by assisting in the delivery of short courses in biostatistics and statistical computing.


Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Development of research protocols
  • Preparation and implementation of statistical analysis plans
  • Contributing to manuscripts for publication
  • Development of grant proposals
  • Developing a portfolio of methodological research around novel trial designs, in particular embedded and adaptive trials
  • Reading, interpreting and synthesising recent statistical/methodological literature around novel trial designs
  • Modifying and implementing existing statistical methods for application to novel clinical trial designs, including contributing to collaborative applied research output
  • Leading or contributing to scientific manuscripts based on the methodological research work
  • Potentially contributing to writing and obtaining grant applications in methodological research
  • Preparing and delivering occasional lectures and tutorials and computer-based training
  • Providing advice in statistical methods to clinical researchers within the MCRI
  • Providing supervision and assistance on research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students



You Demonstrate:

  • A PhD in biostatistics, statistics or closely related discipline (awarded or near completion)
  • Strong understanding and technical knowledge of statistical methods
  • Experience in performing complex data manipulation and analysis in a statistical package with a flexible programming language such as Stata
  • Record of publication of peer-reviewed scientific articles
  • Aptitude and enthusiasm for supervision of research students
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve project goals and meet agreed deadlines
  • Motivation for, and ideally experience in, contributing to health and medical research and clinical trials in particular


For Research Fellow appointment:

  • At least 3 years postdoctoral or equivalent research experience (relative to opportunity) and appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation
  • Building a reputation as a successful researcher with the potential to be competitive for grant funding



On Offer:

12 month full time contract

Salary Range $106,000 - $122,000 PA + super + salary packaging

Employee Assistance Program, mindfulness & wellbeing programs, cycling facilities, flexible working, Learning & Development programs


Apply Now

Please review and download the Position Description. 

You will be directed to our careers site where you will be prompted to create your careers profile, and submit your resume and cover letter.


Closing Date: Thursday 30 July 5pm AEST

Position Reference: 21295


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Prof Katherine Kate Lee
Lead Investigator