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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
  • Casual position – approximately 21 hours per week
  • Glebe location (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.

Our Research Assets Division includes some of our flagship programs – the 45 and Up Study (the largest ongoing study of health and ageing in Australia) and the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) that approved researchers use to conduct analysis of sensitive linked data.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Sitting within the Institute’s Research Assets Division, this position provides support to administer Australia’s largest longitudinal study of ageing, the 45 and Up Study. As part of this Study, more than a quarter of a million people over the age of 45 have agreed to provide regular updates on their health. By following such a large group of people over the long term, we are developing a world-class research resource that can be used to boost our understanding of how Australians are ageing.

Such a large research project requires a great level of coordination, and this role will work within the team that is the first point of call for the participants of the Study. It plays an important role in answering participant questions, coordinating information being sent to participants and administrative tasks for the program.

This is a casual position (working approximately 21 hours per week) and responsibilities will include:

  • Responding to participant communications (over phone and email) including enquiries, requests for materials and complaints
  • Updating participant records
  • Assisting with data management processes including quality assurance and reviews
  • Ensuring that appropriate security measures for confidential storage are always adhered to
  • Assisting with the mail outs to all participants
  • Providing administrative support for the coordinating centre including:
    • Managing received mail
    • Undertaking regular stock take of study resources (including printed material)
    • Preparing correspondence
  • Providing assistance to the team to ensure that all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Study proceed smoothly.

ABOUT YOU – SELECTION CRITERIA

We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated project assistant to fill this position. The right candidate may have experience within data entry, an inbound call centre or customer services environment with the following current skill set:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, including a friendly and welcoming telephone manner
  • Ability to work well within a team environment (and someone who thrives in working as part of a team)
  • Demonstrated experience in providing customer / client service via telephone and email
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access)
  • An understanding of large-scale data collection and quality assurance
  • High level of confidentiality and integrity.

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 and confirming your availability to [email protected] with the subject heading: Project Assistant. 

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

Applications close: 5pm, 19 October 2021

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.