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Research Programmer / Postdoc - Simulation Modelling


Employer: Cancer Council NSW
Work Type/s: Contract
Classification/s: Health Promotion, Policy & Research, Project Management, I.T. & Communication Technology, Medical Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 15 March, 2019.
Applications close: 29 March, 2019. (Expired)

  • As computing technology evolves, you can use computer model simulations to obtain results that are currently not experimentally measurable or require decades of data collection to obtain - Already know that? Then keep reading!
  • Combine your interest in health research AND recent tertiary qualifications in the unique space of modelling (e.g. mathematics, bioinformatics, computer science)
  • 24 month contract

Celebrating over 60 years, Cancer Council NSW is a community funded, community focused not for profit. Cancer Council NSW (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.

With an increasing number of grant approvals, and collaborations both nationally and internationally, we now have the need for an additional Research Programmer/ Postdoc to join the team on a 24mth contract.

Based in the Woolloomooloo office, you will be part of the Cervix/ HPV Group that has developed detailed novel simulation models of the development and prevention of cervical cancer, and several other cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be used to evaluate various prevention strategies in different settings.

The group emphasises an epidemiological approach to simulation modelling and strong local collaborations in the settings in which they work. The Cervix/ HPV Group is involved in policy evaluations of cervical cancer prevention (encompassing screening and vaccination against HPV) for Australia, New Zealand, USA, England and China, including government-commissioned work.

You will participate in modelled evaluations of different cervical cancer prevention scenarios. The key objective of this role will be running and interpreting outputs from the natural history, transmission (infectious disease) and screening model, working with the team to further develop the model, and involvement in publications, presentations and reports around the model.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Configuring and running evaluations (including using updated models incorporating multiple HPV genotypes and molecular events, currently in development)
  • Commissioned work for: Australian Dept of Health, including modelling to support National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) safety monitoring; NZ Ministry of Health
  • Help re-implement Policy1-Cervix models in C++ platform - strategic importance to improve efficiency, reliability, maintainability and robustness of models.
  • Model development - assist with Indigenous model development, and undertake required runs; assist as required with development of HPV natural history model incorporating molecular events and extended individual genotypes; future CALD model

You will need:

  • Experience with C/ C++ programming language, or equivalent
  • A tertiary qualification with a programming and analysis component (e.g. bioinformatics, applied mathematics or a related area)
  • A demonstrated interest in a career in health research
  • Willingness to learn new software as required
  • Works effectively with software applications including word-processing, Excel spreadsheet, database, and communication tools
  • Experience in interpreting and analysing research data
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