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GenV Data Lead

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Who Are We?

At MCRI we share a powerful vision: to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We believe that no question is too impossible to try and answer. We are renowned for our cutting-edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnoses, prevention and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multidisciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health. MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. We are committed to creating a positive working environment which values all backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and a culture based on respect, consideration and dignity.

Your Opportunity:

GenV is a world-first initiative aiming to transform the whole of the state of Victoria into a single dynamic solutions platform, breaking down barriers in research to solve pressing questions and translating that into tangible actions that can improve the health, development and well-being of children and their parents. One of the world’s largest birth cohorts, GenV is open to all 150,000 babies born in Victoria over two full years. Its design comprises consent; use of existing data and biosamples; augmented with GenV-specific measurement; and a design to maximise its multi-use potential e.g. to support trials, registries, place and community, discovery and health services research at the population level. See: www.genv.org.au. GenV is led from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and is supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation the Victorian Government, the Royal Children’s Hospital, and the University of Melbourne.

The landmark Generation Victoria (GenV) project is seeking a GenV Data Lead. This role will work with GenV’s Directors, stream leads and data team. Leading our data from a researcher perspective, they will work with our researchers, clinicians and technical team to ensure that GenV’s large-scale data and systems can enables its goal of helping solve complex problems facing today’s children and adults. While based within GenV’s Cohort and Science team, the role will work closely with GenV’s Platform & Operations team, especially GenV’s solution and data architects and repository lead. They will also work closely with the MCRI’s Office of the Chief Data Officer, such that the significant investment in GenV systems helps drive whole-campus data transformation in relevant areas. This role could be full time or part time, enabling the applicant to maintain a parallel technical, clinical or academic program. As a growth role, the level of remuneration and leadership will be tailored to the candidate’s experience.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing strategic vision and guidance to the GenV Executive team in relation to data (collection, management, governance and services) and the data capabilities required to enable and support GenV’s strategic goals to benefit the health and wellbeing of children and parents.
  • Driving GenV’s enterprise-wide data strategy and policy development.
  • Driving GenV’s data quality and data life cycle management.
  • Developing and nurturing state, national and international relationships and partnerships with other successful large-scale data-intensive health research initiatives, in particular relevant cohort studies.
  • Ensuring the adequacy of GenV’s data capabilities to support integrative research, for example analysing data from GenV with those of other cohorts (eg federated, pooled datasets).
  • Ensuring that GenV’s data governance and systems cater for the full scope of planned and possible data sources, research tools, user groups and functionality.

Selection Criteria

  • Significant experience in data-intensive collaborative health research, ideally including large-scale technology-enabled data projects.
  • Familiarity with acquisition, manipulation, storage and use of the range of diverse data encountered in modern health research (eg survey, biosamples/genomic, technology-enabled assessment eg images/functional, linked data, geospatial).
  • Understanding of data linkage principles, practice and process.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of conceptual models for database systems and related software tools and environments, including common data models, health data standards, and multi-scale data integration.
  • Knowledge of data solutions and options available to support and enable longitudinal studies such as GenV.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes of data governance in the context of human participants health research.
  • Expertise or expert understanding of data analysis and data end-user needs.
  • Organisational and leadership abilities.
  • Outstanding skills in managing communication, people and stakeholders (including technical staff, researchers, clinicians).
  • Problem-solving and solutions focus, with positive mind-set, high levels of motivation and a commitment to achieving project goals.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, with an indication of their quality eg WAM/GPA.

What’s in it for you:

  • 2 Year Contract (Possible Extension).
  • Attractive Salary $123,302 - $163,481 per annum (pro rata if Part Time) + Super (with Salary Packaging).
  • Full time or Part Time - Enabling A Parallel Technical, Clinical or Academic Career Growth Program.
  • Flexible Working Options Available.
  • Ongoing Career Development and Training.
  • Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
  • Health and Wellbeing Program and an Employee Assistance Program.

Apply Now!!

Download the position description. Any specific questions not answered in the position description should be directed to Prof Melissa Wake melissa.wake@mcri.edu.au, using the subject line: GenV Data Lead enquiry via EthicalJobs.

If you believe you have what we're after please click 'Apply Now' to proceed with your application. In one document please place your:

  • Cover Letter
  • Response to Key Selection Criteria
  • Resume

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On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

All applicants please be aware that in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions, all MCRI and VCGS workers must have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by no later than 29 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by no later than 26 November 2021, unless a medical exception applies. Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government COVID-19 Digital Immunisation Certificate/s as part of our pre-employment requirements.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

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Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

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