First listed on: 17 December 2021



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The Opportunity

  • Can you develop statistical algorithms to match phenotypically diverse groups?
  • Work with stakeholders to develop Australia’s first blood test for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Collaborative environment with incredible flexibility and work conditions

CSIRO is seeking a motivated Biostatistician to join the Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC), our national digital health research program. We’re championing the digital delivery of healthcare enabled by world-leading digital research and innovation, industry partnerships, community connections, and national trust.

As the Biostatistician, you will work with leading Alzheimer’s disease researchers from a range of Australian and international organisations including Biogen and the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) Study of Ageing. Using data from the AIBL study, you will be involved in the analyses of data leading to the first Australian blood test for Alzheimer’s disease. 

As the successful candidate in this exciting role, your work will have three focus areas:
1)    To aid in the identification of biomarkers to predict cognitive decline
2)    To support world leading researchers with their projects that link lifestyle to Alzheimer’s disease risk
3)    To aid in the identification of bloodbased biomarkers to predict Alzheimer’s disease pathology.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking appropriate statistical analyses of research data to answer research questions as set out by collaborators.
  • Reporting on specific objectives set out within collaborative agreement to collaborators when requested, and provide quarterly reports to stakeholders.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and patents. 
  • Producing high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.
  • Preparing appropriate conference papers and present those at conferences as agreed with your supervisor. 

Location: Brisbane (Herston) QLD or Melbourne (Parkville) preferred; other locations by negotiation
Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 79366

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as such as computational biology, biostatistics or mathematics. 
  • A history of developing statistical algorithms to match phenotypically diverse groups. 
  • Experience in statistical programming such as R, Matlab, or other relevant statistical packages. 
  • To be able to handle complex scenarios, with evidence of ability to work with multiple competing priorities.
  • A history of undertaking original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • High level communication skills including:
    • A publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications. 
    • The ability to represent the research effectively including the presentation of research outcomes at conferences
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • To be willing and able to travel interstate and internationally as required.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

16 Jan 2022 11:00 pm AEDT