Jobs: Research Officer/Fellow

From the Burnet Institute:

· Data linkage focused
· Excellent salary packaging benefits
The Burnet Institute is a leading Australian medical research and public health organisation focused on improving the health of disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Officer/Fellow to work primarily on two NHMRC studies in the area of Justice Health. The studies involve following large cohorts of ex-prisoners using a combination of record linkage, face-to-face interviews, interrogation of health records and qualitative methods. Expected outputs of the research include an improved understanding of the links between patterns of healthcare utilisation and health outcomes for ex-prisoners, and quantification of the impact of opioid substitution therapy (OST; methadone or buprenorphine) on two important outcomes for opioid dependent prisoners: mortality, particularly in the post-release period; and subsequent criminal activity.

You will be responsible for:
Liaising with data custodians to obtain data for research purposes
Managing relationships with stakeholders involved in the projects
Co-ordinating investigator and stakeholder meetings
Maintaining study databases
Conducting statistical analyses of linked data sources, under the guidance of study investigators and Institute statisticians
Leading the presentation and reporting of study results under the supervision of study investigators

As a Research Fellow, you will also be responsible for:
Developing a funded program of work synergies with existing priorities of the Centre
Contributing to the development of the strategic direction of the Centre for Population Health
Disseminating research findings through presentations at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals

You will have:
An Honours or Masters degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, social sciences or a related field
Excellent data management and statistical analyst skills
The ability to collate, analyse, interpret and report data in a variety of formats
Demonstrated experience in writing reports and preparing ethics and research grant applications
Good computer skills, especially with Access databases, Excel and Word, and with statistical software such as Stata
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and with initiative, in challenging environments

Additional criteria for the Research Fellow include:

A PhD in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, social sciences or a related field
Demonstrated experience in disseminating research findings through oral presentations and academic, peer-reviewed journals
Benefit from a monthly accrued day off and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not for profit organisation. Applications should be emailed to by 24 December, 2010 . For more information and a copy of the position description, please see our website at .