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5 Jul
Postdoctoral Scientist - Biostatistics and Computer Science

About us

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease through world class medical research. Established in 1994, it is the legacy of legendary heart transplant surgeon Victor Chang. Renowned for the quality of its breakthroughs, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is working to discover better ways to diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent the onset of heart disease.

The role

We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic Post-doctoral Scientist with experience and expertise in biostatistics, computer science and machine learning to join the Heart Valve Disease and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. In this role you will be involved in efforts to better understand pathophysiology and clinical risk prediction in heart valve disease using state of-the-art machine learning analysis of cardiac imaging and clinical data.

You will be working on projects that aim to predict disease progression and optimise valve replacement selection and timing in patients with heart valve disease.

You will support a dynamic laboratory that has a clinical focus and links to the Department of Cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, UNSW Centre for Big Data Research in Health and UNSW Computer Science and Engineering.

Tasks will include biostatistical analyses of large clinical and imaging databases, development of machine learning algorithms and computer vision analyses, in addition to conventional biostatistical analyses (including multivariable regression modelling and survival analyses). Specific skills/experience required include experience in working with large and varied databases, machine learning algorithm development and experience in computer vision. Software experience with one or more of the following: SPSS, R, Stata, Matlab, Python (or equivalent) is essential.

The position is full-time funded for 3 years, with the potential  for extension​.

About you

Are you an accomplished biostatistician or computer scientist with a passion for machine learning and modelling research that has direct health impacts?

Are you looking to advance your career in academic research and/or clinical science/medicine?

Are you passionate about clinical research and keen to engage with patient-based research that can have direct clinical applications?

Do you have a passion for science and want to work on the most exciting and cutting-edge cardiovascular research in Australia?

We would like to meet you if you have:
  • A PhD in Computer Science and/or Biostatistics 
  • Demonstrated capacity in machine learning and computer vision
  • Experience using large databases (preference given to experience with medical imaging)

What we offer: 

  • Salary packaging
  • Bonus superannuation
  • State of the art facilities
  • Stimulating work setting focussed on cutting edge medical research
  • Collaborative team environment 

We strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces diversity and gender equity and promotes flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. 

Come and work with us & help make a difference

For further information about this role, please get in contact with Dr Mayooran Namasivayam at


Please submit a cover letter and a CV for this position.​