First listed on: 22 March 2023

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity exists for a Facilities/Laboratory Support Officer to join Burnet!

Your will work across the whole of Institute Facilities Support as well as Laboratory Facilities Support. Duties cover a wide range of areas including; facilities scheduling and coordination, Hazardous Chemical Management and more. You will be working directly with a wide range of diverse personnel from laboratory bench researchers to public health and NGO specialists.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Ensuring and coordinating regular maintenance & repair of essential plant and non-scientific equipment.
  • Overseeing contractors and vendors providing services to Burnet relating to plant and other equipment requirements.
  • Maintaining an inventory of facility-related equipment and supplies and coordinate procurement of new items as necessary.
  • Acting as key coordinator between Burnet Operations and both Alfred Engineering and Baker Engineering, maintaining a list of the key contacts and roles.
  • Ensure Hazardous Chemicals are appropriately identified, managed, stored, handled, and disposed of.
  • Ensure that all safety and compliance standards required for institute certifications are met.
  • Monitor systems and processes, identify and propose risk mitigation options where deemed necessary.

Refer to the attached position description for full details. This is a 0.8 – 1.0 FTE (negotiable) position, initially for a 2 year period with the possibility of extension.


Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in Facilities Management or equivalent, in a Research Institute, University or Biotech Industry
  • Proven understanding of and experience in working within PC2 laboratories
  • Proven understanding and experience of Hazardous Chemical Handling, GHS, Poisons, Liquid Nitrogen handling, OH&S etc.
  • Ability to train staff and students in Hazardous Chemical Handling
  • Experience in managing temperature monitoring systems, e.g., TempTrack or equivalent.
  • Proven ability in writing Standard Operating Procedures and review
  • Proven strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse population of stakeholders
  • Willingness to providing assistance to the Support Team for after hour emergency responses.
  • Proven ability to investigate, analyse and resolve issues as they arise.
  • High level proficiency in computer software packages including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, electronic mail, and the use of the internet as a business management tool.
  • Well-developed understanding of and commitment to Health & Safety regulations and procedures.
  • Strong organisational skills with demonstrated skills in prioritising, planning and time management


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 Wednesday, 5th April 2023.

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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