Professor in Biostatistics

University of Queensland School of Public Health


Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Professor in Biostatistics

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Area:Faculty of Medicine
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Continuing
Location: Herston

The School of Public Health

The University of Queensland was, in 1936, the first university in the English-speaking world to establish a Department of Social Medicine. This evolved in the 1950’s to the Department of Preventative and Social Medicine and the School was formally established in 2001 to improve health outcomes through learning, discovery and engagement. The School of Public Health has recently been ranked as the top Public Health school in Australasia in the US News Global university rankings. Our mission is: Working together to improve the health and wellbeing of populations in a changing and inequitable world. We offer programs and courses in all major fields of public health to almost 1000 postgraduate and undergraduate students. Our MPH is the only accredited program in the Australasia and S.E. Asia region (APHEA and ASPHER) and one of the few to offer a dual MD/MPH degree. More than 100 research higher degree (PhD and MPhil) students actively contribute to the School’s vibrant research culture while receiving comprehensive preparation for academic careers or leadership roles in public health. Our research and engagement strategy is focused on excellence and making a real impact on some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. Our major research and engagement themes are: mental health, substance use and tobacco control; women’s health; infectious diseases; non-communicable diseases; the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and environment and health.

About This Opportunity

Opportunity to lead the biostatistics teaching and research in the School of Public Health, one of the top ranking schools in Australasia.

The successful appointee will be required to demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, service and engagement, including a strong track record of supervising Higher Degree by Research students to completion, and of demonstrating impact in their research and engagement activities.

This position is located at our Herston Campus, UQ’s core campus for clinical health teaching and research.  Sharing premises with royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the QIMR Berghofer Medical research Institute, the campus houses a vibrant clinical and research community that delivers innovative and contemporary research and education programs in a clinical academic environment. Conveniently located just minutes from Brisbane’s city centre, there is access to multiple public transport connections, onsite parking and cycling facilities.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are seeking a candidates with a completed PhD in biostatistics or statistics, an established profile in teaching and research in biostatistics and National recognition in biostatistics, and an internationally developing profile coupled with an established record of publications in reputed refereed journal and presenting at conferences.

In addition, the successful appointee must be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Evidence of having key role in the advancement of biostatistics as part of methodological projects.
  • Evidence that contributions have improved the quality of multi-disciplinary research projects.
  • A strong record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding
  • Evidence of a high level of quality teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level across a variety of settings, including small and large groups, and in face-to-face and online modalities.
  • A strong track record of course coordination and participation in the development and continuous innovation of new programs, curriculum design and course material in biostatistics.
  • A record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.
  • A growing record of meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with a strong contribution to external activities

To be considered for Level D, you must, in addition to the above be able to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of successful mentoring of early career academics in teaching, research and research supervision;
  • An established national and growing international reputation including sustained research funding and leadership of a research team;
  • Leadership of school-based committees and evidence of leadership of external stakeholder partnerships in relation to teaching, research or engagement.

To be considered for Level E, you must, in addition to the above be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to lead strategic research agendas and research teams, with an outstanding international reputation and record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing significant external research funding.
  • Leadership in the development and continuous innovation of new programs, curriculum design and course material in biostatistics.
  • An outstanding record of meaningful internal leadership roles in conjunction with a high level of leadership in external activities at a national and international level.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, continuing position at Academic level C, D or E. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of:

Level C: $121,939 - $140,603

Level D: $146,824 - $161,756

Level E: $189,130

This role includes super of up to 17%. 

You will be able to take advantage of salary sacrificing options, recreation leave loading, discounted private health insurance,  development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File PD_MED_Biostatistics Level C D E_Feb 2021.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Elizabeth Eakin on email:

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter (please indicate in your cover letter which level you want to be considered for)
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 17 Mar 2021

Applications close: 30 Apr 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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