First listed on: 10 January 2022

The Opportunity

Are you a talented early-career postdoctoral researcher eager to lead economic modelling projects in adolescent health? Then this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity exists for an Economic Modeller in Health to join Burnet’s Modelling & Biostatistics team. This position will be aligned with the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) for Driving Global Investment in Adolescent Health and will offer unique opportunities within both the Burnet Institute and the multi-institute partners of the CRE (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Victoria University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and the University of Queensland).

You will also have opportunities to undertake epidemiological and economic modelling projects across a range of health and disease areas, including COVID-19, HIV, TB, malaria, viral hepatitis, maternal and child health and nutrition.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead the development and application of economic models in the area of adolescent health, using appropriate epidemiological, statistical, mathematical, and economic techniques
  • Communicate with CRE’s Chief Investigators and Associate Investigators, as well as other epidemiologists, public health and global health experts
  • Coordinate and manage research projects with a high degree of autonomy
  • Write scientific papers, technical reports, presentations and grant applications
  • Providing supervision and coaching to junior staff

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a full-time position, initially for a 1-year period with the possibility of extension. Ongoing working from home options and flexible working hours will also be provided!


Let’s talk about you

The successful incumbent will have:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated project experience, including the ability to successfully lead projects and work as part of a team
  • A successful academic track record, including peer-reviewed publications, research impact and obtaining research scholarships, grants or related funding.
  • Proficiency in Python, Matlab, R or similar

The following experience would also be preferable:

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Mathematical or economic modelling, Adolescent Health, Disease epidemiology, Health costing and economics, or Communicable diseases
  • Evidence of effective mentoring of junior staff and students


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?

To apply for this position you will need to 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 Monday, 7 February 2022. Applications that do not include responses to the key selection criteria will not be considered.

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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