First listed on: 21 November 2022

The Opportunity

Are you an experienced project manager with expertise in research translation, commercialisation, and business development? Then this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity now exists for a Commercial Project Development Manager to join our Commercialisation Innovation and Industry Partnership (CIIP) team.

The primary purpose and vision of the CIIP team is to support researchers to innovate and translate their research for public benefit through Intellectual Property commercialisation and industry partnerships. CIIP team sits with the Strategic Funding and Partnerships Business Unit responsible for managing all the revenue generating activities of the institute.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Supporting key project and initiatives within the institute by providing commercial and strategic oversight
  • Supporting development of project plans and business cases
  • Exploring and managing strategic partnerships as well as seeking relevant advisory support to assist in product development
  • Leading opportunity assessment and business case development for new opportunities
  • Assisting with seeking funding through grants, partnerships and other mechanisms
  • Designing and maintaining a detailed project management plan to monitor project activity, milestones, resources, budget etc
  • Working closely with the scientific team to prioritise project activities and keep to project milestones
  • Working on the identification, evaluation and potential translation of particular ideas, research programs, capabilities and technologies
  • Assisting in the identification of commercial partners and representing Burnet opportunities to relevant external stakeholders

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a full-time position, initially for a 2-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 following criteria are essential requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area
  • Knowledge and experience of technology transfer, commercialisation, business development within an academic environment
  • Professional skill and knowledge of research translation, commercialisation, and market research and business case development
  • Demonstrated success in negotiating commercial and legal arrangements for research translation
  • Demonstrated skills in building internal and external networks in relation to research translation and commercialisation of intellectual property
  • Demonstrated understanding of higher education and/or public sector research in relation to research translation and/or commercialisation
  • Strong time management skills and ability to work under pressure of various deadlines
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and document management skills including attention to detail
  • Ability to lead change with passion and commitment, setting an example for others and empowering staff

The following criteria is preferable but not essential:

  • Masters or PhD in relevant area
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Knowledge and experience in commercialisation alliance and or operations management within Industry or start up environment
  • Strong understanding of the design and development of diagnostic assays


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 – achieving a more equitable world through better health. 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 passionate about social justice, equality and evidence-based research.

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 Disease Elimination, Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness, and Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health 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:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Monday, 5th December 2022.

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.

Recent Jobs