Research Fellow/Data Scientist

University of Queensland


September 23, 2022


  • School of Public Health
  • Academic level B
  • Fixed-term position for up to 5 years
  • Applications close 23 September 2022 at 11.00pm AEST (R-16013)
  • UQ's Health Research Accelerator Initiative

    Addressing the world's most pressing health and medical research challenges requires a transformative approach that nurtures different perspectives, expertise and embraces diversity to achieve more than what can be accomplished in a traditional research model. That is what UQ's Health Research Accelerator, or HERA, will achieve.

    Through HERA, we will bring together researchers, partners and end-users who share a common goal, ethos and passion to create novel solutions by leveraging combined capabilities, backgrounds and perspectives.

    To hear from Professor Geoff McColl, HERA Chair and Project Owner, please click here.

    Operational Research and Decision Support for Prevention, Control and Elimination of Infectious Diseases

    The ID-NET team has internationally recognised expertise in neglected tropical diseases, emerging infectious diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, and travel medicine. ID-NET's mission is to optimise infectious disease prevention, control and elimination by generating new evidence, providing innovative solutions, and supporting clinical and public health decision making. The team has strong multidisciplinary partnerships with clinical and public health decision makers, and collaborate with them to co-design research, implement and evaluate interventions, and explore the application of innovative methods and new technologies for disease prevention and control. ID-NET has extensive experience in operational research and field surveys (including international projects), predictive risk mapping and modelling (spatial epidemiology), clinical trials, disease surveillance, and the use of novel methods including Bayesian network, machine learning, social network analysis and dynamic data visualisation tools.

    About This Opportunity

    We are seeking a highly motivated Research Fellow bringing expertise in Data Science to this vibrant team. This position will work on projects that involve corporation between the School of Public Health and the School of Mathematics and Physics.

    In this position, you will engage in research to further their expertise and growing research profile to achieve national recognition in their discipline. At this level, is expected that you will efficiently manage service and engagement roles and activities, and fulfil the necessary requirements to contribute to the effective supervision of Honour and HDR students.

    For further information, please click here to view the full appointment booklet, which includes information about HERA, about the research program, and about life at UQ.

    What We Can Offer

    At Academic Level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $101,533 to $120,570 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $118,794 to $141,067 per annum.

    Whilst this is a fixed-term positions, being part of the UQ community offers development and mentorship opportunities to further your career over the longer-term. A research support package is available for this appointment. Should you bring funding with you from an existing grant, additional start-up funds may be available.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, a commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    Relocating from interstate or overseas? We'll support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package.


    To discuss this role in more detail, please contact Professor Colleen Lau.

    For application queries, please contact Paige Willemse (Talent Acquisition Manager) via, stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You' section, found within the Appointment Booklet above
  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box during the application form.

    Other Information

    UQ values equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to reflect the broader community by attracting and retaining high-quality staff from a range of backgrounds. We are therefore particularly interested to hear from people who bring diversity to our School – whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

    The University of Queensland (UQ) acknowledges the Traditional Owners and their custodianship of the lands on which UQ operates. We pay our respects to their Ancestors and their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country. We recognise their valuable contributions to Australian and global society.

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board

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