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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.

  • Not for profit sector
  • Full-time position;  1-year contract
  • Great office located in Glebe, NSW (with flexible work arrangements available)
  • Professional and friendly environment

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 Research Assistant to join the Sax Institute. Working with both ARDAC (Antecedents of Renal Disease in Aboriginal Children) and SEARCH (Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health) study teams, this role will work with clinical researchers and educators to identify the occurrence of early markers of kidney disease in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people across NSW.

Although no two days will be the same, while working in this role you will get the opportunity to:

  • Undertake research activities including running Yarning sessions, conducting health education sessions and liaising with Aboriginal communities to develop strategies to prevent, diagnose and manage chronic kidney disease
  • Coordinate the development and submission of research publications
  • Provide research administrative support for the ARDAC Study
  • Build relationships and managing communications with stakeholders
  • Ensure that ethics guidelines, standards and WHS requirements are met

About you – Selection Criteria

We are looking for a motivated and switched-on Research Assistant to fill this position who has the following experience and current skill set:

  • Degree in health, public health, or other related field; or Certificate or Diploma in health, public health, or other related field, with appropriate relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in engaging with Aboriginal people and communities, and an understanding and sensitivity to Aboriginal culture and issues affecting Aboriginal people.
  • Experience within public health, Aboriginal health research, medical research, or health care environments
  • Willingness to learn about kidney disease and public health research, education, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a small team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work.
  • Ability to spend periods of up to 4 – 6 times per year in rural and regional NSW.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communication (face to face, telephone and email).
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills with attention to detail.
  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Current NSW driver’s license.
  • Current Working with Children Check.

The successful candidate will be appointed through The Sax Institute and will have close working relationships with the Centre for Kidney Research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney) and Flinders University (Adelaide).

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 jobs@saxinstitute.org.au with the subject heading: Research Assistant – Aboriginal Health

Please contact Sumithra Muthayya at Sumithra.muthayya@saxinstitute.org.au if you have further questions about the role.

Applications close: 5pm, 19 May 2021.

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.