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Data Scientist

Cancer Institute NSW
  • Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
  • Position Classification: Health Manager Level 3
  • Remuneration: $113,735 - $129,658 per annum, excluding superannuation
  • Hours Per Week: 38
  • Requisition ID: REQ159041


  • Use your data science skills to explore cancer and healthcare data to inform decision making and drive meaningful changes to NSW cancer healthcare system
  • Be a leader in predictive analytics for smarter and more effective health service delivery
  • Be part of an organisation that makes a difference to cancer control in NSW

Where you’ll be working

The Cancer Institute NSW is the NSW Government’s cancer control agency, established to lessen the impact of cancer across the state.

Working at the Cancer Institute NSW means joining a team of committed and dedicated staff who are proud to be a part of the Institute’s purpose of overseeing and accelerating the effectiveness of cancer control in NSW.

The Cancer Institute is a collaborative working environment that encourages diversity and inclusion in how we work and the way we work together. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to apply. Greater consideration will be given to suitable applicants, in order to improve access to employment and career opportunities (GSE Rule 26).

What you will be doing

In this role you will be required to undertake complex strategic data analytics and modelling to improve the delivery of cancer screening and prevention services across NSW. You will have demonstrated experience in data mining techniques and using both machine learning and statistical analysis to summarise, simplify and understand complex processes, provide insights, make predictions, monitor and calibrate prediction performance.

Essential to the role will be your ability to engage with and influence stakeholders. You will be a team player that thrives in a collaborative, dynamic and evolving landscape to support the delivery of strategic information through to actionable insights.

Essential requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in statistics, machine learning, computer science or a related discipline.
  • Extensive experience in statistics, machine learning, predictive analysis and modelling in R or Python.
  • Proficiency in querying relational databases with SQL.
  • Demonstrated understanding of privacy and health/personal information legislation, policies and standards.

Pre-screening questions

  1. Can you please outline your experience in predictive analytics?
  2. Provide an example of a research project you managed. What was the project’s goal? What were the key challenges and what was the end result?


Need more information? 

All Cancer Institute roles are based at Eveleigh, however, the Ministry of Health will be relocating the Cancer Institute to St Leonards in mid-2020.

The Cancer Institute NSW is unable to offer salary packaging. Salaries will be negotiated commensurate to experience and qualifications of the role.

The Cancer Institute NSW supports flexible working practices for all employees and welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disabilities. Stepping Up aims to assist Aboriginal job applicants by providing information about applying for roles in NSW Health. For more information please visit www.steppingup.health.nsw.gov.au.

Please indicate if you have any accessibility requirements in your application or speak with the contact person should you be called for an interview. We provide reasonable adjustment for people with a disability during the recruitment process and during their employment.

To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency.

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