First listed on: 07 October 2021

The Opportunity

Are you a talented public health researcher with experience in project implementation? Would you like to contribute to meaningful work within a values driven not-for-profit organisation? Then this may be the role for you!

We are now searching for a Research Officer to join our Young People’s Health Team. You will be responsible for project management, implementation, and evaluation of two key projects within a multidisciplinary team of experienced public health researchers, computer scientists, human-centered design researchers, sex educators, and young people.

You will:

  • Work with stakeholders and participants to conduct the two key projects.
  • Contribute to research tasks such as literature review, protocol development, ethics applications, evaluation, data analysis, funding applications.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a small team of public health researchers working to improve young people’s health.
  • Mentor students and junior staff.
  • Produce research papers, reports, and other academic outputs.

You will be supported to develop your skills, build your research expertise, contribute to other emerging projects, write academic papers, and present at conferences! We are a flexible workplace, and you will be able to determine your own working hours and have the option of ongoing partial working from home (post COVID-19 restrictions).

We are open to a full time or part time appointment (0.6 – 1.0 FTE). This position is initially for 18 months with the possibility of extension.

Refer to the attached position description to find out more about the two projects you will work on as well as other information.


Let’s talk about you

The following qualifications and experience are essential:

  • PhD in a related discipline, e.g., public health or social science
  • Experience conducting research projects, including project implementation, stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to engage professionally with stakeholders and in a friendly, non-judgemental way with a diverse group of participants

The following would also be preferable:

  • A demonstrated academic track record (e.g. publications)
  • Knowledge or experience in public health research, health promotion, human-centred design, computer science, sexual health and education, and/or adolescent health


The Burnet experience…

We want you to have a successful and meaningful career at Burnet and are committed to providing a supportive workplace environment for all our people. You will be part of a collaborative culture where progressive leadership, innovation, respect, and excellence are valued. Join a team of talented individuals who are passionate about what they do – improving the health of vulnerable communities around the world.

We offer:

  • A monthly accrued day off for full-time staff
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Opportunities for career and professional development


Who are we?

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, organisation that uniquely links medical research with practical action to achieve better health for disadvantaged communities and help solve devastating global health problems.

Burnet Institute brings together a highly diverse skill base, with more than 400 staff and students working across cutting-edge research and projects to address some of the most relevant global health issues. Institute-wide interdisciplinary health programs Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risks, and Health Security, are at the heart of our daily decision making. Harnessing our international and local field presence, our laboratories, and our mixed development and research cultures drives a greater focus on the most relevant health issues and achieves a greater impact as a result.

Whilst our headquarters is in Melbourne, Australia, we also have offices in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, and are actively involved in research and public health programs throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Burnet is the only unaligned organisation in Australia that has dual accreditation with both the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Bring your whole self to work

At Burnet, we foster a diverse and inclusive culture. We want our people to feel like they belong and are free to be themselves at work. We have an active Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Council that works to promote and improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion across the Institute, by developing and implementing strategies informed by both national and international best practice and staff input. Burnet holds an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award from Science in Gender Equity (SAGE).


Sounds great! How do I apply?

Apply below 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 Thursday, 21 October 2021.

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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