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Pharmacoepidemiologist/ Epidemiologist

Posted date: 09 / 07 / 2024

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI699
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Tuesday, 06 Aug 2024
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Full-Time, 12-Month Contract

At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

The Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) established in 2017, was designed to monitor the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality, and other health specific outcomes of people receiving aged care services. ROSA’s efficient model leverages existing information, bringing together diverse datasets collected by different organisations throughout the country, to provide us with a whole picture of the ageing pathway. ROSA produces evidence to guide decision-making for quality, coordinated, efficient, innovative, and age-friendly services and practices.

We are seeking a Pharmacoepidemiologist / Epidemiologist to join our team in supporting research with a focus on pharmacoepidemiology and health services for older people. In this role you will conduct analyses of large datasets, provide pharmaco/epidemiology expertise on protocol development, study design, analytical methods and publication of research findings. The role will work independently, as well as collaboratively with the ROSA team, research partners, staff and stakeholders of research projects.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conducting high quality research with a focus on pharmacoepidemiology and health services for older people accessing aged care, including planning, project management, literature review, data analysis, and publication.
  • Conduct analyses of large datasets (>1 million individuals) contained within ROSA, including aged care data, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data, Medicare Benefits Schedule data, and hospitalisation records.
  • Provide pharmaco/epidemiological expertise on protocol development, study design, analytical methods, statistical analysis, interpretation of results and implications of findings.
  • Undertake and coordinate high level statistical analyses, including using complex multivariable modelling, and survival analysis. Knowledge of sophisticated techniques for confounding adjustment, and other observational data features are highly desirable.
  • Preparation of papers for publication in high impact peer-reviewed journals and project report writing in a timely manner.
  • Manage and coordinate research projects needs through their lifecycles. Advise/monitor project timelines, milestones, and deliverables.
  • Collaborate with analytical team data management, linkage efforts, and quality control processes when necessary for ROSA’s implementation, performance enhancement, and other areas as needed.
  • Assist with preparation of ROSA grants for competitive funding and project tender submissions in related areas when appropriate.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • PhD degree qualification in pharmacoepidemiology / epidemiology (or public health / medicine / allied health or related field).
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a pharmaco- /epidemiologist or related role.
  • Excellent proficiency working with at least one software package (i.e., SAS, R, or Stata).
  • Two years experience working with large datasets independently. Preferable experience working with medicines, health service and/or aged care data
  • Experience working with observational data, multivariable modelling, confounding/interaction issues, survival analysis, data visualisation.
  • Excellent attention to detail with demonstrated ability to work with a high level of accuracy and competing deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; including excellent record keeping and version control skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing high level leadership/support to research projects / multidisciplinary teams.


Special Requirements

  • Some out of hours’ work may be required.
  • DCSI Employment Screening and Police Checks may be required.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. This reduces your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax and take home more of what you earn. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.

For a copy of the position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Gillian Caughey at

Applications close: 11:29pm ACST Tuesday 6th August 2024

Applications may close earlier than advertised if a suitable candidate is found prior to the close date.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Tuesday, 06 Aug 2024


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