First listed on: 19 May 2022

The Opportunity

The Life Science discipline at the Burnet Institute is expanding! As several new initiatives are being implemented, together with a strategic initiative to increase the level of support and capacity to our Laboratory teams, we have created the exciting new role of Laboratory Operations Manager.

You will work within the Laboratory Operations and Facilities support team and interact daily with a diverse group of researchers covering a range of infectious disease areas, including protein chemistry, immunology, vaccine development, diagnostics and more.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Ensuring laboratories meet all relevant governmental, ISO and regulatory requirements i.e. GLP, OGTR, IBC, DAWE
  • Assisting in managing PC3 operations: including, including responding to researcher requests, annual PC3 operations and procedure review, coordinating PC3 training and annual refresher
  • Assisting in laboratory inspections, compliance monitoring and auditing, including non-compliance follow-up, risk mitigation development and rectification
  • Maintaining excellent relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Driving change to systems and processes closely liaising with laboratories
  • Assisting in development of change management and communication strategies to implement new systems and processes
  • Coordinating and assisting Burnet scientific experts in developing and writing SOPs for new scientific equipment and scientific procedure and risk assessments

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a full-time position, part time applicants (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) will also be considered. The role is initially for a 2-year period with the possibility of extension. Flexible working hours will also be provided.


Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential:

  • Proven understanding and experience in managing PC2 laboratories
  • Proven ability to investigate, analyse and resolve issues as they arise.
  • Proven technical expertise in protein chemistry, infectious disease (particularly virology) or immunology, relating to laboratory operations and research activities.
  • Proven strong interpersonal skills and are able to work with a diverse population of stakeholders
  • Experience in writing and reviewing equipment and procedure SOPs and OHS related documentation.
  • Proven record of laboratory management under GLP/NATA, ISO 9001 laboratory quality management systems or ISO 17025.
  • Strong organisational skills with demonstrated skills in prioritising, planning and time management

The following experience is preferable:

  • Proven understanding and experience in managing or working within a PC3 environment
  • Experience in change management or have been involved in major operational change
  • Experience working under GLP/NATA, ISO 9001 laboratory quality management systems or ISO 17025.


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 in the attached position description)
  • Resume

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Thursday, 2 June 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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