The University of Queensland

Senior Principal Data Analyst

Job description

  • Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI)
  • This is a full-time fixed term position through to April 2025 with salary in the range $108,975 - $122,176, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%.
  • Bring your expertise in data engineering and analytics to make an impact by thinking outside the box in this exciting opportunity to re-build a streamlined and robust business process at a university ranked in the world’s top 50.
  • Broaden your career within one of QLD’s largest employers.
  • Based at our St Lucia campus

About This Opportunity

This role is crucial for assessing and enhancing the quality of teaching, learning, and the student experience at the University, aligning with UQ’s Strategic Plan. The Senior Data Analyst, Evaluations oversees the entire process of SECaT and SETutor surveys, from preparation to administration and troubleshooting of the evaluation management system. Additionally, the role involves analysing evaluation data alongside student demographic and outcomes data to generate comprehensive reports aimed at improving teaching, learning, and the overall student experience at the University.

Key Responsibilities Will Include

  • Lead the collection and analysis of student evaluation data aligned with UQ's strategic goals, collaborating with senior management.
  • Manage course and teaching evaluation activities, focusing on SECaT and SETutor surveys, and other key initiatives.
  • Interpret and manipulate datasets using advanced statistical methods to visualize student evaluation results effectively.
  • Utilize internal data to develop data-driven solutions and insights for enhancing the student experience and improving teaching quality.
  • Assist in scripting and analysing data for reporting to the University and broader research projects.
  • Provide input to improve business processes and strategic priorities supporting quality assurance and student experience initiatives at ITaLI and UQ, and actively contribute to team activities.
  • Additional duties as required, consistent with the classification level of this position.


About You

  • Postgraduate qualification or significant progress towards one in a relevant academic discipline such as computing, statistics, or educational psychology.
  • Extensive experience in analysing large datasets, with expertise in survey methodologies, educational economics, or institutional research.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and visualization tools like Jupyter Notebook, Business Objects, and PowerBI, along with programming languages such as Python, R, and SPSS.
  • Strong background in ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes and data integration, utilizing data engineering and integration tools effectively.


  • Previous experience with survey software management systems or big data processing using AWS or Microsoft Azure is advantageous.
  • Experience in the higher education sector is preferred.
  • Ability to innovate and adapt in developing quality assurance and evaluation instruments.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment and may be required to complete background checks including, criminal history and education checks.

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.


Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 17% superannuation contributions, 17.5% annual leave loading.
  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight.
  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family.
  • On campus childcare options, Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day), Salary packaging options.

Want to Apply?

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

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section.
  • Resume

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Lizzie Li at For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Applications close 1 April 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-36576). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for 10 April 2024.

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