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  • The Sax Institute is inviting experienced simulation modellers to be on a shortlist of candidates for casual employment and consultant contracts
  • Make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians
  • Competitive salary and consultancy rates

About the Sax Institute

The Sax Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that improves health and wellbeing by driving better use of evidence in policies, programs and services.

The Institute has an international reputation as an Evidence Specialist, and nearly 20 years’ experience in translating research findings into policy drawing on our own expertise as well as that of our more than 50 member organisations. We work with governments, health organisations, research organisations and a network of experts nationwide to analyse policy problems and find the best evidence-based solutions.

The Sax Institute’s Decision Analytics team uses simulation modelling and other analytical methods to develop adaptable decision support tools. These tools are developed in partnership with government departments, policy agencies and program planners in health and social sectors, providing them with a low-risk virtual environment to test potential impacts of different decisions before they are implemented in the real world.

About the role

This role will provide a unique opportunity to build simulation models to solve real-world problems and have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians. Examples include strategic investments to reduce suicide deaths, planning and resource allocation optimisation to improve the efficiency and outcomes of hospital systems, managing and planning for infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19, and studying the dynamic relationships between human activities and the physical and social environment.

They will have a primary responsibility in the technical development of high-standard dynamic simulation models, as part of a collaborative and supportive team with diverse expertise in public health policy and planning, participatory and consensus building approaches, and evidence synthesis. They are likely to be involved in participatory model-building workshops with policy makers, researchers, clinicians, and people with lived experience. The role may also include contributing to model documentation and dissemination of findings, and driving methodological innovations.

About the talent pool

The talent pool will be comprised of a small number of experienced simulation modellers. Applicants will first be assessed by their CVs and cover letters. Those considered eligible will be contacted within 10 business days to arrange a brief interview. When an opportunity emerges we will contact the person in the talent pool with the most relevant experience to determine their current availability. The terms and conditions of the work will be agreed for each project.

 About you – Selection Criteria

Essential

  • PhD qualification or equivalent professional experience in one or more dynamic simulation modelling methods, i.e. system dynamics, discrete event, or agent-based modelling
  • A demonstrated track record of developing dynamic simulation models for research or real world applications
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and balance inputs from diverse stakeholders
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • A healthy drive for excellence
  • Strong time management skills to deliver models in short time frames

Preferred

  • Experience with Stella Architect or AnyLogic software
  • Knowledge of public health and policy, social and environmental determinants of health, and government policy decision-making
  • Experience in participatory modelling and co-design process
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and balance inputs from diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate technical details to lay audience
  • Proficient in statistical software applications (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, R)
  • Commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Australians

Further details

To apply please send your CV to decision.analytics@saxinstitute.org.au with the subject heading: Simulation modeller. A cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria is strongly encouraged.

Please contact Cindy Peng on cindy.peng@saxinstitute.org.au if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: ongoing

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

  • Professional and friendly environment
  • Great office located in Glebe, NSW (with flexible work arrangements available)

About the Sax Institute

The Sax Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that improves health and wellbeing by driving better use of evidence in policies, programs and services.

The Sax Institute has an international reputation as an evidence specialist, with 20 years’ experience in translating research findings into policy drawing on our own expertise as well as that of our more than 60 member organisations. We work with governments, health organisations, research organisations and a network of experts nationwide to analyse policy problems and find the best evidence-based solutions.

About the role

A great opportunity exists for a Research Officer to join our team. This position is an integral part of the team and will focus on supporting work across two program areas – Evaluate and Strategic Projects Group. Although no two days will be the same, responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to literature reviews – peer reviewed literature and grey literature
  • Contributing to evaluation and research services, including undertaking qualitative and/or quantitative analysis and report writing
  • Project coordination
  • Supporting communication with policy clients

The Research Officer will also have the opportunity to work closely with other parts of the Sax Institute.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated Research Officer to fill this position who has the following experience and current skill set:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work confidently with others within the Sax Institute and externally
  • At least 3 years’ experience in research in the health and/or social sectors, including analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Skills in literature searching and data extraction
  • Ability to summarise and synthesise evidence both verbally and in writing
  • Good project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to display initiative, prioritise workload and cope with pressure and deadlines in a complex work environment
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, other Microsoft Office programs, databases, and office management systems
  • Familiarity with Endnote referencing system.

Further details

If this sounds interesting, please click here to read more about the position.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria to jobs@saxinstitute.org.au with the subject heading: Research Officer – Evaluate & Strategic Programs Group

Please contact Sian Rudge at sian.rudge@saxinstitute.org.au if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: 5pm, 23 June 2022

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Professional and friendly environment
  • Office located in Glebe, NSW (with flexible work arrangements available)

About the Sax Institute

The Sax Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that improves health and wellbeing by driving better use of evidence in policies, programs and services.

The Institute has an international reputation as an Evidence Specialist, and nearly 20 years’ experience in translating research findings into policy drawing on our own expertise as well as that of our more than 50 member organisations. We work with governments, health organisations, research organisations and a network of experts nationwide to analyse policy problems and find the best evidence-based solutions.

About the role

A great opportunity exists for a Senior Simulation Modeller to join the Sax Institute. Sitting within the Decision Analytics team, this position will develop model-based decision support tools for governmental, non-governmental and service delivery organisations, using high-level mathematical modelling and data analytics skills. This role will provide a unique opportunity to build simulation models to solve real-world problems and leave a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Working with dedicated professionals and true experts in their field, this is a diverse role that will be responsible for the technical development of high-standard dynamic simulation models. Although no two days will be the same, responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the analytic work in developing decision support tools for policy and planning (through dynamic simulation modelling), including updates to and expansion of existing tools
  • Supporting stakeholder engagement in model development
  • Contributing to the dissemination of the work of Decision Analytics
  • Contributing to tenders and applications for new work
  • Contributing to capacity building and innovation

About you – Selection Criteria

We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated Modeller to fill this position who has the following experience and current skill set:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or demonstrated equivalent professional experience
  • A minimum of 2 years professional experience developing simulation models using at least one of the following dynamic simulation modelling techniques:
    • System Dynamics Modelling
    • Discrete Event Simulation
    • Agent-Based Modelling
  • Experience with common simulation software packages, (e.g., AnyLogic (preferred), Stella Architect (preferred), Vensim, FlexSim, Simio, Simul8, insightMaker)
  • Proven high-level analytical skills and a methodical approach to data management, and analysis
  • Good knowledge of data privacy and security issues and the ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality when dealing with sensitive data or reports with restricted access.
  • High-level organisational and time management skills with demonstrated expertise in managing input from multiple stakeholders
  • A strong service orientation with proven ability to build successful working relationships with a variety of people, both internal and external, and to deliver on commitments made
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

A PhD degree in Operations Research, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Public Health or related quantitative discipline plus experience in a health research or policy environment will also be highly regarded.

Further details

If this sounds interesting, please click here to read more about the position.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria to jobs@saxinstitute.org.au with the subject heading: Senior Simulation Modeller.

Please contact Danielle Currie at decision.analytics@saxinstitute.org.au if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: 7 July 2022

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.