Curtin University of Technology

Curtin University of Technology

Senior Data Scientist - NCSEHE


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Job Reference: 1151213

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Based at Curtin University, The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) is a research and policy centre funded by the Australian Government Department of Education. The Centre will provide leadership and facilitate research in student equity across the Australian higher education sector. NCSEHE's initiatives aim to connect research, policy, and practice to increase the successful participation of disadvantaged and marginalised groups in higher education.

The Centre is undertaking a major pivot towards a greater focus on research and evaluation of equity initiatives by building the evidence base and leadership capability of universities. This will provide informed advice to policy stakeholders, decision-makers and practitioners alike. As the Australian Universities Accord will complete its review of higher education by the end of 2023, this is an exciting and opportune moment to really make a difference.

For more information about the Centre, please visit https: // www. Your New Role

Working with the Data Program Director, the Senior Data Scientist will contribute to NCSEHE tackling data challenges in the Australian higher education sector, involving the improvement of data collection, examination, and database management practices. The incumbent will be at the forefront of reshaping student equity data and influencing higher education outcomes across universities in Australia.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities include:

  • Effectively communicate data-driven insights through creation of reports, presentations, and dashboards.
  • Develop comprehensive analytic plans, outlining methodologies, key metrics, and objectives.
  • Develop, maintain, and update data documentation, including access manuals and data dictionaries, to assist users in understanding and utilizing available data resources.
  • Identify relevant data sources and prepare ethics and data applications, ensuring compliance with relevant guidelines and regulations.
  • Utilise SQL or other database query languages to extract and manipulate data as needed for analysis.
  • Employ advanced data cleaning techniques to ensure data accuracy and consistency.
  • Perform innovative statistical analysis to contribute to identifying data patterns and trends.
  • Essential Criteria

  • Tertiary qualification in data science, statistics, biostatistics, computer science, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in data management, including data extraction from relational databases, and data processing.
  • Strong skills in data analysis, including the use of a programming language, such as R.
  • Experience using data visualisation tools and programming languages to prepare reports or dashboards.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively engage and collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders, fostering strong working relationships.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to navigate and manage competing work priorities in complex environments.
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working with data relevant to higher education or student equity.
  • Experience with using linked data.
  • You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.

    To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Gemma Cadby, Director, Data Program, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, School of Management and Marketing via email [email protected].

    About Us

    We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

    We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

    For more information about our university, please visit www.

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    Please provide a cover letter and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

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    Applications close: 3PM Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Monday 4th December 2023.

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1) and quote the Job Reference.

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

    Job details


    Senior Data Scientist - NCSEHE


    Curtin University of Technology




    November 20, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 04, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Mathematics

    About the employer

    Curtin University is a future-focused university based in the scenic city of Perth, Australia, with additional campuses in regional Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

    The University is recognised for its strengths in teaching and research innovation, which is reflected in its standing as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate and postgraduate employment, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

    We were established in 1966 as the ‘Western Australian Institute of Technology’, before gaining university status and changing our name to ‘Curtin’ in 1987 in honour of the former Australian Prime Minister.

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