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Statistician - Hunter Medical Research Institute

  • 8 Feb 2021 11:45 AM
    Message # 10068306

    About the organisation

    The mission of Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is to improve the health and wellbeing of the community by undertaking world-class research, from discovery to applied, in collaboration with their partners, the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and the Community. 

    HMRI was established in 1998 and, in 2012, opened the doors of their world class research facility they call home, which adjoins John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. 

    As the world evolves, so too, does HMRI, and we are now at the exciting next phase of our journey towards being global leaders in the effective and efficient translation of health and medical research to develop high-value health solutions. 

    As part of the implementation of HMRI’s current strategic plan, a recent organisational redesign has resulted in the creation of a number of new positions for which we are now recruiting.  Each position will be maximum term contract until 30 September 2022 based on the current funding model.

    The new organisational structure will enable HMRI to continue to build on collaboration and efficiency, and to focus on activities and projects of greatest value to delivering vital life-changing health and medical research. 

    About this role

    As part of a collaborative team of statisticians, you will be responsible to the Senior Statistician for the provision of high-quality statistical support for a number of projects involving University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Area Health Service researchers.

    The key responsibilities of the role include:

    • Develop and maintain programs to assist in the manipulation of small and large datasets
    • Write statistical analysis plans in collaboration with a senior statistician and the client
    • Develop and maintain programs for statistical analysis according to statistical analysis plans
    • Understand the statistical concepts that are used for each project, and use initiative to develop an understanding where knowledge is lacking
    • Achieve a basic (plain English) understanding of the scientific content for each project and seek clarification from the client where knowledge is lacking
    • Communicating project plans with clients
    • To work independently on projects, self-managing time and communicating problems with Senior Statisticians and Clients
    • Assist in delivering workshops and presentations on statistical methods as well as the use of statistical software packages
    • Interpret and provide advice on study design and statistical analysis
    • Conduct sample size calculations for new research projects
    • Prepare randomisation codes for clinical trials
    • Prepare and deliver reports for interim and final analyses
    • Assist in the preparation of journal articles, abstracts and presentations
    • Attend workshops and conferences to gain further skills as required

    About you

    Ideally, we are looking for a person who has had at least 1-3 years in a medical research/biostatistics/ health environment looking to grow their career in the biostats/medical research field.  You will have strong communication skills and a desire to communicate and consult with clients wanting to develop this further, as well as your technical skills and ability to manage and plan out projects.


    • Tertiary qualifications in statistics and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training
    • Proven experience (1-3 years) working as a statistician in a medical or research setting,
    • Demonstrated experience in applying a range of statistical methods including Generalised Linear models, Generalised Linear Mixed Models, and Survival analysis.
    • Demonstrated understanding and experience in applying the principles of reproducible research
    • Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and high-level computer literacy, particularly in the use of statistical programming languages (R, SAS and Stata)
    • High level written, oral communication and interpersonal skills including the capacity to communicate and work effectively with a broad range of people
    • Demonstrated organisational skills including the ability to meet competing deadlines and work both independently and as part of a team

    How to apply

    To access a copy of the success profile pack including position description and essential criteria, please visit our website 

    Applications should include cover letter addressing the criteria and a CV. If you don’t have medical research experience please outline your transferrable skills in your covering letter. Confidential enquiries can be made to Wendy Donovan on 0407 525 949 or

    Applications for this position close midnight Friday 19th February 2021.

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