Experienced Survey Statistician

  • Design, implement and evaluate statistical methods related to the production of social research data
  • Work with industry experts in the social research space
  • Become part of a growing, dedicated and motivated organisation
  • Hybrid work arrangement – Melbourne CBD office and work from home

The Social Research Centre is dedicated to conducting world-class research that informs decision making and advances our understanding of Australian Society. We are Australia’s leading provider of social and government research services and an acknowledged leader in high quality project execution, innovative and cutting-edge research methodology, and analysis and strategic thinking. We are a subsidiary of the Australian National University.

We currently have an outstanding opportunity available for an experienced Survey Statistician to join our Statistics and Methods team. As a survey statistician, your main duties will consist of designing, implementing and evaluating statistical methods relating to social research data collection. You will be involved in the application of both classic and leading-edge statistical methods, including experimentation with machine learning, non-probabilistic sampling, microsimulation and modelled/synthetic data. Working with a team of expert methodologists and in close collaboration with data scientists and social researchers, you will bring your expertise, experience and a critical, analytical mind to the area of statistical and survey methods.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to some of our most socially relevant projects to help deliver research that has a positive impact on contemporary social issues. To our employees we offer a flexible, inclusive, collaborative and supportive team culture, as well as ongoing career and professional development. This is a permanent, full-time position and will be based at our Melbourne CBD office with hybrid work arrangements available. A suitable home workspace and computer setup, and reliable internet connection are required to work from home.

Key Selection Criteria:


  1. A Bachelor degree or above in mathematics, statistics or operational research or equivalent recognised professional experience through the Statistical Society of Australia (or similar)
  2. Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a mathematical statistician in a survey data collection context including but not limited to sample design, estimation and weighting, cost and survey error optimisation, data transformation and integration and statistical analysis of survey data
  3. Good communication skills with a record of presenting work in reports and presentations to a variety of audiences, including professional and peer-review forums, non-technical audience and in seminars and training
  4. Innovative thinking and sound judgement to develop fit for purpose solutions to complex problems within resource and time constraints
  5. Demonstrating integrity and respect and working effectively with others as part of interdisciplinary teams and directly with clients


  1. Proficiency in R
  2. Previous experience in an official statistics agency or with official statistics including but not limited to the knowledge of official classifications and standards, official statistics datasets, total survey error and quality metrics, confidentiality, data management and privacy principles and their application to statistical data collections

To apply for this position:

Please submit your resume and responses to key selection criteria to recruitment@srcentre.com.au. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please note that applications that do not address the role's key selection criteria will not be considered. You must have full working rights in Australia to be eligible to apply.

For more information or to see the Position Description, please reach out to our HR team at recruitment@srcentre.com.au.

The Social Research Centre values diversity and believes that an inclusive and fair work environment has a positive impact on the wellbeing of employees, job satisfaction and productivity. We encourage people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage to apply.