Post Doc Research Fellow - Level B (Lung Cancer Modelling - New Research Program!) - 3 year contract
Cancer Council NSW


Closing date: 30th January 2017

Celebrating over 60 years, Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) is a community funded, community focused not for profit. CCNSW is the largest cancer charity in NSW and its point of difference is that it works across all stages of the cancer journey from research right through to support.

Research is one of Cancer Council NSW's most important and significant investments, with CCNSW being the largest funder of cancer research in the not-for-profit sector in Australia. CCNSW aims to fund research of the highest scientific merit and of value to the community that it serves and represents. This opportunity, based in the Woolloomooloo office, will join our highly regarded Cancer Research Division (CRD).

What is the Research Program?

You will contribute to an exciting new research program, which aims to determine which cancer control interventions and programs can most effectively and cost-effectively reduce the numbers of people dying from cancer.

This will involve modelling cancer mortality rates and numbers of cancer deaths in Australia out to 2040 and the impacts of different cancer control strategies on these rates and numbers. The initial project findings will be used to guide the process of policy prioritisation for Cancer Councils to support the efficient and effective use of cancer control programs in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer at a population level.

More detail please!

Based in the Woolloomooloo office, reporting to a Post Doc Research Fellow, and working within a team of research fellows, clinicians, and modellers, your involvement will initially focus on optimising the prevention and treatment of lung cancer in Australia.

The overall body of work, in collaboration with CRD staff, will generate at least 6 papers (both epidemiology and modelling) in the first 3 years.

Key responsibilities will be to:

  • Work towards building a world class research program in epidemiology, health economic evaluations, cancer causes, early detection and management of cancer, with an initial focus on lung cancer
  • Write research papers and publish results from completed studies within the program
  • Assist in the development of models of lung cancer natural history.
  • Manage and mentor staff and post-graduate students working in the research program
  • Build collaborations with scientists in the field
  • Work towards increased standing through appointments to external bodies and wide contribution to the field
  • Make scientific and intellectual contribution to the field
  • Contribute to grant applications to attract funding from external bodies such as NHMRC


With an ability to work both independently and as part of a wider team, key responsibilities will be to:

  • Work in a practical role in the research team assisting in the day to day management and conduct of the research project under the guidance of other academic staff
  • Develop and document statistical processes for epidemiological research
  • Liaise with other members of the research team regarding project design and methodology
  • Assist in the supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students to ensure that project deadlines are met in a timely manner
  • Contribute to the preparation of papers for publication in collaboration with other members of the research team, and to submit high quality scientific reports and peer reviewed papers
  • Produce high quality oral presentations and present at conferences and to CCNSW stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the preparation of further associated tenders or grants for external funding.
  • Work towards increased standing through appointments to external bodies and wide contribution to the field.
  • Effective participation in project meetings, conferences and seminars.
  • Establishing and maintaining sound relationships with other investigators and relevant key stakeholders.
  • Assist in the production of high quality, timely and accurate research outputs.
  • Assist in ensuring effective training and supervision of project staff.
  • Regular liaison with supervisor to ensure research objectives are met in a timely fashion and project deadlines are adhered to at all times.

This will suit someone with:

PhD or equivalent in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics, mathematics or a related area with a substantial component of numerical analysis or postgraduate training in biostatistics and epidemiology with at least 2 years post qualification practical work experience and:

  • Excellent written communication and report writing skills, and willingness to draft publications for peer reviewed journals
  • Experience with simulation models, preferably in a health or medical related field
  • Substantial experience in statistical analysis of research data, preferably in the health field.
  • Demonstrated conceptual and analytical skills
  • Experience with statistical analysis and software such as SAS, SPSS or STATA
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary research teams
  • Ability to independently solve problems
  • High level interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including conference presentations
  • Demonstrated interest in health research
  • Willingness and capacity to implement required WHS policies and safe work practice
  • Ability to implement equal opportunity and diversity policies and programs
  • Programming experience desirable
  • For more information and to apply, click here.

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