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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 [email protected] with the subject heading: Simulation modeller. A cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria is strongly encouraged.

Please contact Cindy Peng on [email protected] if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: ongoing

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Not for profit sector
  • Up to 12 month maternity leave contract
  • 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, 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.

Sitting within the Evidence for Action Division, our Decision Analytics team uses advanced dynamic simulation modelling methods as well as research and visualisation technologies to develop timely, accessible decision support tools for policy and practice.

 

About the role

A great opportunity exists for an experienced manager to step into this up to 12 month maternity leave cover position. This role will see you leading a high performing team with expertise in dynamic simulation modelling and in engagement with policy and program organisations. You will be responsible for the development and implementation of the DA strategy while working closely with government and non-government organisations to assist them to scope out their requirements that can be addressed through the use of dynamic simulation modelling.

Although no two days will be the same, responsibilities will include:

  • Further developing and implementing the strategic plan for Decision Analytics
  • Establishing and maintaining systems and processes for managing the activities of the program
  • Managing and supporting Decision Analytics staff to ensure that professional development, reporting, budgeting and delivery of services as per annual plan happen effectively
  • Engaging with policy agencies, program planners, and research institutions to foster relationships and attract opportunities for commissioned work or collaborative research relevant to the program
  • Representing the Sax Institute through presenting findings from the program of research
  • Supervising and contract personnel as required across the agreed work plan.

 

About you – Selection Criteria

We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated leader who has the following experience and current skill set:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in leading, or contributing substantially to, dynamic simulation modelling projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative research environment with diverse stakeholders
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the field of public health and health care in Australia
  • Successful project management experience, including delivering projects on time
  • Ability to take on a leadership role in the development and implementation of projects

 

Further details

If this sounds interesting, please click on this link to read more about the role.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria to [email protected] with the subject heading: Manager, Decision Analytics.

Please contact Sian Rudge, Head – Evidence for Action Division at [email protected] if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: 5pm, 20 August 2021.

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Opportunity to work with Australia’s peak prevention research and translation body
  • Develop your skills in research collaboration, coordination of capacity building activities, knowledge translation, and evaluation
  • Build your networks across a national collaboration
  • Chance to work closely with policy makers and science communicators
  • 12-month part-time contract (28 hours per week preferred, however, would consider 21 hours per week for the right candidate)
  • Office located in Glebe, NSW (with flexible work arrangements available)

 

About the Prevention Centre

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 Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (the Prevention Centre) is administered and hosted by the Sax Institute. Through our partnerships, the Prevention Centre aims to better inform policy and program decision making about what works in preventing chronic disease and in more effective implementation of prevention programs.

 

About the role

This is a great opportunity for an experienced researcher to build their skills in capacity development and knowledge mobilisation.

The Research Officer will work with the Prevention Centre’s Knowledge Mobilisation lead and other members of the team to provide support for the Prevention Centre’s many capacity building activities. These include collaborative meetings, forums, communities of practice, and national events for early to mid-career researchers and policy makers.

The Research Officer will also lead an evaluation of our Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact, a national collaboration of the Prevention Centre and Centres of Research Excellence aiming to develop a united voice for prevention.

This role is ideal for a public health researcher with strong interpersonal and organisational skills. Key responsibilities include:

  • Planning and supporting implementation of capacity building activities
  • Providing support to collaborative working groups and communities of practice
  • Working closely with the communications team to translate and disseminate prevention research
  • Developing and contributing to the methodology and implementation of an evaluation plan (and publishing on this)
  • Working with other early to mid-career researchers to plan and implement large-scale events

 

About you – 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:

  • Postgraduate training in public health, health policy, public policy or other relevant field
    (PhD desirable)
  • Experience in public health research
  • Experience in coordinating meetings and events; proficiency in online meetings platforms such as Teams, Zoom etc
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.

Publications in peer reviewed journals or experience in academic writing, experience in evaluation of public health and familiarity with the prevention research & policy sectors in Australia will be highly regarded

 

Further details

If this sounds interesting, please click on this link Position Description to read more about the role.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria to [email protected] with the subject heading: Capacity Building Research Officer

Please contact the Prevention Centre’s Knowledge Mobilisation lead, A/Prof Michelle Irving, at [email protected] if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: 5pm, 9 August 2021.

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Not for profit sector
  • Part-time position (0.6 FTE) – 1 year contract
  • 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, 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 Research Officer to join our Knowledge Exchange Team. Focussed on embedding the use of evidence in decision making, this role will work closely with the Institute’s clients and with researchers to develop and deliver services that support the use of research in decision making.

This position will have the opportunity to be involved in:

  • Delivering rapid reviews – including liaising with clients & review teams and overall project management
  • Managing larger programs of work for policy and program clients
  • Contributing to the preparation and writing of Evidence Snapshots
  • Working with others across the Institute to design and deliver Knowledge Exchange services
  • Developing and sustaining effective working relationships with users of Knowledge Exchange services

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:

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or relevant work experience
  • Experience in the conduct of research as it related to policy and program development in health, health-related or human services fields
  • Knowledge and understanding of government processes, environments and policy making
  • Experience in conducting literature reviews
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated confidence and ability to work with senior members of organisations including academics, clinicians and government officials
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks to tight deadlines

Further details

If this sounds interesting, please click on this link Position Description to read more about the role.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria to [email protected] with the subject heading: Research Officer – Knowledge Exchange

Please contact Sian Rudge at [email protected] if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: 5pm, 16 August 2021

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.