Position Description | Research Scientist - Biometrics
|Title||Research Scientist - Biometrics|
|Position number||DPI 705937|
|Division/Branch||Future Farming Systems Research / FFSR Science Leadership – Biometrics|
|Location||Tatura, Parkville/Bundoora, Ellinbank, Hamilton, Tatura|
|Full Time||38 hours per week|
|Salary Range||$48,930 to $67,073|
|Reports To||Chief Biometrician|
|Contact||Dr Subhash Chandra (03) 5833 5397 or email@example.com|
This position will provide collaborative and consultative biometrical support to research projects within the Future Farming Systems Research (FFSR) division at its research centres across Victoria. The incumbent will work with FFSR scientists across a variety of science areas leading to co-authorship of scientific papers, conference presentations and posters.
The Chief Biometrician, in collaboration with other fellow biometricians, will mentor the graduate as an applied biometrician particularly in the field of geostatistics. This will involve introducing the incumbent to project leaders and staff, training to assist with understanding background on specific projects, building confidence and rapport with project science staff whilst being provided with technical back-up and supervision through on-the-job training in sound study design, statistical modelling and data analysis, and effective quantitative presentation techniques.
- Provide biometrical advice, particularly in geostatistics, to DPI scientists within FFSR Division.
- Undertake project-based biometrical work, particularly in geostatistics, in collaboration with DPI scientists within FFSR Division.
- Under supervision undertake innovative application of statistical theory and methods in solving scientific problems.
- Identify and investigate theoretical statistical problems of practical importance arising from DPI research.
- Undertake review of scientific manuscripts for statistical soundness.
- Contribute as an active team member and participate in professional activities of the Biometrics Unit.
- Contribute to the training of scientific researchers in applied statistics.
- Adopt and apply OH&S policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment.
- Candidates are required to address the capabilities using examples from their experience, knowledge and qualifications.
- Capabilities are the underlying skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the role.
|Analysing and problem solving||Sources and uses relevant information effectively to identify problems and offer sustainable solutions||Basic|
|Collaboration||Helps others, shares ideas and provides constructive feedback; upholds ethics & values||
|Personal resilience||Maintains composure and focus under pressure and adapts to change||Basic|
|Delivering results||Plans effectively and takes accountability for delivering on expectations||Basic|
|Leadership||Provides direction and purpose, supports and coaches others; develops others' capabilities||
|Applying technical expertise||Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise; develops job knowledge and capability||Basic|
- An appropriate Science degree with a major in biometrics, statistics or mathematical statistics is mandatory. A higher qualification such as honours or a post graduate degree is highly desirable.
- A thorough understanding of the theory of Mathematical Statistics.
- Ability to apply Mathematical Statistics in practice.
- Basic knowledge of Spatial Statistics / Geostatistics.
- Experience in data analysis and in the application of statistical methods using statistical software, preferably GenStat, R and WinBUGS.
- Well developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with researchers from various disciplines.
- Ability or experience in statistical consulting and collaboration with researchers from other disciplines.
Position Specific Requirements
Occupational Health and Safety
The OHS requirements of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Sitting for lengthy periods
- Sedentary desk work
- Lengthy periods of computer work
- Required to work alone
- Deal with third parties in conflict or adverse conditions
- Demands associated with fire fighting and other emergency responses
- Demands associated with supporting high level management
- Demanding deadlines
- Lengthy periods of car travel – there may be a requirement to drive long distances alone.
- DPI plays a major role in Victoria’s priority emergency response activities and DPI people may be called upon to support those activities as required.
- The Department values diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and actively encourages applicants from Indigenous Australians and people with a disability.
Privacy & Diversity
- DPI collects and manages personal information in accordance with the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000.
How to Apply
Applications for this position close on Sunday, 5 August 2012, apply online at www.sciencegraduateprogram.com.au.
For further information regarding the position, please contact Subhash Chandra on (03) 5833 5397.
If you are having difficulty in applying for this position on-line please contact Roger Henry on (03) 5172 2154 or Jeanette Vivona on (03) 5833 5204.