Career Opportunities

Current Vacancies

Biostatistician/Research Fellow position at NDARC

POPPY II – Combating escalating harms associated with pharmaceutical opioid use

We are looking for a Level A/B biostatistician to work on the POPPY II study, an NHMRC-funded research study that will have significant policy and clinical practice implications for the treatment of pain. This is a retrospective population-based cohort study of approximately 2 million people prescribed opioids in NSW between 2002 and 2017. This world-first study involves a cross-jurisdictional linkage of ten datasets, including data on pharmaceutical claims, health service utilisation (including primary care access, hospitalisations and emergency department presentations) and mortality. Findings will help inform our response to Australia’s rising opioid problem and be of direct relevance to regulatory authorities and agencies responsible for medicines worldwide. The Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of a leading team of academics in this field from UNSW Sydney, The University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney.

Applications close:   11:59pm 25th November 2018

More information is available at:

Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
About the role

  • Level A or B $75K-$123K p.a. plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • 24 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level A:

  • Undertake data management and data analysis, including application of advanced statistical techniques to large, complex linked data sets.
  • Preparation of scientific papers, protocols and conference abstracts and present research findings at meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Conduct and coordinate tasks relating to the research project to the highest scientific and ethical standards.
  • Independently plan workload and manage timelines to meet project outcomes within specified timeframes and budget schedules.
  • Attend regular project meetings and provide updates on progress against study aims, including written updates for investigators.
  • Contribute to ethics applications and data governance for the study.
  • Assist in the preparation of research grant proposals and tenders for commissioned research.
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Level B (in addition to the above):

  • Independently design, plan and execute analyses in accordance with study aims.
  • Lead the preparation of conference abstracts and publications for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Lead or contribute to grant applications for new projects or extensions to the current project.


Level A:

  • Postgraduate degree in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, health sciences, computer science, psychology or a related discipline, or undergraduate degree with relevant research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management and analysis of large complex health datasets and the analysis of linked, longitudinal data.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proven ability to build successful working relationships with a variety of people, both internal and external.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality when dealing with sensitive data and an understanding of ethical principles relating to privacy and confidentiality.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including communication of findings of statistical analyses to a non-statistics audience and in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Highly developed data analysis skills and experience in use of one or more statistical packages including SAS, Stata or R.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Level B (in addition to the above):

  • PhD in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, health sciences, computer science, psychology or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualise novel research questions in areas relevant to public health or health services research, and to develop these into research outputs.
  • Demonstrated capacity to carry out independent research as indicated by a proven track record of writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or success in obtaining grant funding.

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online

Contact person for this position: Dr Natasa Gisev (

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer (2 posts) Non-Clinical

University of Liverpool
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Translational Medicine, Department of Molecular
and Clinical Pharmacology

Applications are invited for two exciting new academic posts in the areas of bioinformatics and cardiovascular toxicity in the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology based in the Institute of Translational Medicine. The posts are open to non-clinical applicants.

009940 – job descripton [PDF]

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology

The University of Auckland seeks to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer to undertake a programme of research and contribute to teaching in the field of pharmacology.

Join New Zealand’s leading university, in one of the most liveable cities in the world!*

Apply via

* Mercer Quality of Living Rankings 2018

Postdoctoral Scientist in Clinical Pharmacology Modelling & Simulation, GSK

An opportunity for a Postdoctoral Scientist position is currently available in Clinical Pharmacology Modelling & Simulation at GlaxoSmithKline, based in Sydney, Australia.

The role will explore ethnic variation in drug pharmacokinetics, initially on a 12-month contract. The Postdoctoral Scientist will utilise physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling to support assessments of potential ethnic sensitivity for new molecules in development at GSK. The Postdoctoral Scientist will build and utilise PBPK models, including the use of the SimCYP® Simulator, to explore the contribution of intrinsic and extrinsic factors to variation in pharmacokinetics across patient populations, contributing to model-informed drug-development strategies within GSK.

In addition to experience in modelling & simulation (PBPK preferred), an understanding of clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenetics or drug metabolism is required. To build good working relationships with other GSK R&D groups world-wide, the successful applicant will have good oral and written communication skills. Critical evaluation of the scientific literature is also fundamental to this role. Knowledge of R/R Studio, in either academia or the pharmaceutical industry, would be an advantage.

Additional details are available at

For further information please contact Annette Gross (Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacology)

Senior Lecturer (x 2)

Department of Physiology,
School of Medical Sciences,
UNSW Sydney
Applications close 3rd August (apply via link below)
Job no: 494156

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Department of Health – Range of scientific roles

Do you want the chance to make a significant contribution to the health and safety of the Australian public? The TGA, which is part of the Commonwealth Department of Health, is currently recruiting to a range of scientific roles and is seeking people who are keen to be part of a dynamic organisation that has responsibility for the quality and safety of therapeutic products used by Australians.

We seek

  • Pharmacists
  • Scientists (Scientific Evaluators) in a broad range of disciplines
  • Epidemiologists/Biostatisticians
  • Pharmacokineticist
  • Scientific support positions, including secretariat and case managers

We have roles at various classifications.

Some of the benefits of working for the TGA include:

  • 15.4% employer contribution to superannuation
  • Competitive working conditions

Mandatory Requirements:

  • To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made.
  • Mandatory Qualifications apply – refer to individual applicant kits for more information.
  • Candidates will also be required to satisfy an Australian Federal Police criminal history check and must complete a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where required).

See the application kits at for more information on positions and application closing dates.