16 June, 2023

Senior Biostatistician

  • Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact 
  • Work with a team of Biostatisticians and make a difference to Indigenous Health Research
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Based at Toowong

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave
  • 17% superannuation contributions
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight
  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family
  • Salary packaging options

About This Opportunity 

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Senior Biostatistician to support a range of Indigenous health research projects. The successful candidate will have significant experience and expertise in biostatistical methodologies in a research context.

A Senior Biostatistician is a senior research professional specialising in quantitative research methodologies. They work as part of a Biostatistics research team to provide high-level, specialist expertise to scientific research projects, programs and initiatives.

This role involves the provision of high-quality biostatistical analyses for a range of Indigenous health research projects on sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVS) and a large linkage study investigating trends of type two diabetes mellitus, management and cardiovascular events risk, and potentially other projects.

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Working as part of a senior research team, provide specialist expertise on appropriate research methods, techniques, approaches and methodologies as relevant to a variety of large research projects
  • Provide expert scientific and/or technical advice in the field of biostatistics to maximise research outcomes at all stages of the research process life-cycle  
  • Perform complex and high quality statistical analysis and generate reports on findings
  • Contribute to research quality assurance, control and improvement activities, in collaboration with senior research staff and stakeholders
  • Provide biostatistics subject matter expertise and advice to academic staff and researchers regarding relevant and appropriate statistical methods and statistical software
  • Train and support colleagues  in the use of statistical software packages (any of STATA, SAS, R)
  • Exercise ‘Supervisor’ level leadership and management responsibilities in accordance with the UQ Leadership Framework
  • Coordinate technical leadership meetings and events, and participate in discussions and initiatives on technical support and innovation that advocate advancement of the research team’s objectives

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 2 years.

At HEW level 8, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $105,338.31 – $118, 280.70 plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $123,245.82 – $138,388.42 annually. 

About You  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

  • Completion of a post graduate qualifications in biostatistics with subsequent experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • A PhD, Research Masters or progress towards a PhD/Research Masters in biostatistics would be highly regarded in this role
  • Expertise in the application of biostatistical analysis e.g., regression, panel-data analysis, multi-level modelling, survival analysis
  • Expertise in the key issues associated with and experience managing large, complex data sets and data quality control
  • Significant experience of working in a research context
  • Advanced technical capabilities in relevant statistical packages including STATA, SAS, or R
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to produce clear, succinct research documentation and liaise effectively with a wide range of research and scientific staff within a research environment
  • Commitment to upholding the University’s values, and with the outstanding personal qualities of openness, respectfulness and integrity
  • A commitment to upholding the highest standard of research integrity, ethics and workplace health and safety

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Federica Barzi via f.barzi@uq.edu.au  we strongly encourage you to get in touch for an informal discussion about the position. For application queries, please contact recruitment@uq.edu.au stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  
  • Resume 

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au 

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close 6th July at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-27017). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Week beginning 17th July.