First listed on: 23 June 2020


Burnet Institute is a leading Australian medical research and public health organisation focused on achieving better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions. The Institute is headquartered in Melbourne with programs that operate across Asia, the Pacific and in Africa.

Burnet’s culture links innovative discovery-oriented research and implementation research with development and humanitarian action. World-class laboratory and field-based research is integrated into multidisciplinary programs aimed at the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases of global significance. This unique approach allows the Institute to make a tangible and sustainable impact on health in both developed and developing countries.

The Institute has three major thematic programs – Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risk, and Maternal and Child Health, and two expansion programs – Healthy Ageing and Health Security. Staff within these Programs are supported by cross-cutting communities of practice; the disciplines of Life Sciences, Public Health and International Development.



An exciting opportunity is available for a postdoctoral mathematical modeller to join the Modelling & Biostatistics team at Burnet to work on multidisciplinary projects, to develop and apply epidemiological and costing models to real world applications.

The Mathematical Modeller will:

  • Develop and apply mathematical models to address major public health issues, predominantly viral hepatitis, but also other major infectious diseases including HIV, TB and malaria and other areas of public health;
  • Work with a team of mathematical modellers, economists, health and policy experts, computer scientists and epidemiologists to refine epidemiological and costing models; and
  • Provide modelling and analytical support to governments and other partners - notably the World Bank and international health agencies - to improve resource allocative efficiency within the heath sector.

This position is initially for a 2 year period with the possibility of extension.

Refer to the attached position description for full details.



The successful incumbent will have:

  • PhD in modelling, statistics, physics, computer science, or a similar field OR PhD in epidemiology, health sciences, biomedicine or a similar field plus experience in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science or similar
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated project experience, including the ability to successfully complete projects, both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with scientific computing and/or mathematical modelling.
  • Well-developed modelling skills, with proficiency in Python (preferable), Matlab or similar, as well as experience in code management.

The following experience is preferable:

  • Experience in one or more of the following area: disease epidemiology, health costing and economics, communicable diseases
  • A successful record of writing for peer-reviewed journals, technical papers and/or writing of reports for non-expert stakeholders
  • Evidence of effective mentoring of junior staff and students

Benefit from ongoing support, a monthly accrued day off for full time staff and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not-for-profit organisation. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.



Click here to apply for this position and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (as outlined above and in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday 19th July 2020.

As part of our commitment to gender equity, we have included a question in the application process on gender. This will allow us to monitor and report on gender in relation to our recruitment process.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant will be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or National Police Check.

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