First listed on: 03 May 2022

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity exists for a Project Manager to join the Burnet Diagnostic Initiative (BDI)! In this role, you will have the opportunity to manage newly funded innovative projects to develop point of care assays and therapeutic applications of our technologies. You will work in a diverse team alongside scientists, our business development and commercialisation team, and will manage projects in alignment with industry standards with reference to regulatory requirements.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Managing the BDI portfolio of product development projects
  • Using project management software to track projects and budgets over time
  • Managing and adjusting for any changes in project scope, quality, schedule, and budget
  • Maintaining all documentation required for regulatory and statutory requirements
  • Ensuring that laboratory forms and records are used as intended and completed as required
  • Identifying improvement opportunities across the work streams covered by the BDI’s Quality Management System
  • Ensuring that all relevant data and documentation are aligned to ethics and contractual requirements
  • Participating in background research to ensure project risks and opportunities, milestones, and deliverables are properly understood
  • Preparing written reports using MS365 for internal and external communication

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. Flexible working hours and working from home options will also be provided.


Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant area 
  • Proven working experience in project management
  • Solid organisational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Experience with project management software tools
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Effective document control
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adjust to a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to lead change with passion and commitment, setting an example for others and empowering staff
  • Ability to communicate clearly and consistently to provide a clear sense of direction to colleagues internally and externally

The following criteria are preferable:

  • Masters of PhD in relevant area 
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) / certification
  • Knowledge of laboratory compliance standards
  • Knowledge of regulatory frameworks for in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs)
  • Strong understanding of the design and development of diagnostic assays
  • Knowledge of human ethics and has cGCP training
  • Knowledge of Institutional Biosafety Committee frameworks and associated legislation
  • Previous experience managing projects within the IVD, pharmaceutical or other biotechnology based industries


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. Hear from some of our talented staff about their career journeys at Burnet here!

We offer:

  • A monthly accrued day off for full-time staff
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2022. Applications not including responses to the 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. Australian working rights and evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 will also be required.

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