First listed on: 12 December 2018


Burnet Institute is a leading Australian medical research and public health organisation focused on achieving better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions. The Institute is headquartered in Melbourne with programs that operate across Asia, the Pacific and in Africa.

Burnet’s culture links innovative discovery-oriented research and implementation research with development and humanitarian action. World-class laboratory and field-based research is integrated into multidisciplinary programs aimed at the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases of global significance. This unique approach allows the Institute to make a tangible and sustainable impact on health in both developed and developing countries.

The Institute has three major thematic programs – Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risk, and Maternal and Child Health, and two expansion programs – Healthy Ageing and Health Security.  Staff within these Programs are supported by cross-cutting communities of practice; the disciplines of Life Sciences, Public Health and International Development.


An exciting new role for a Research Assistant to provide research support to the ACCESS surveillance project, which monitors blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections across Australia. This position will support the on-boarding of new study sites; prepare reports and presentations for existing sites; assist with data management and analysis; and with communication with stakeholders on project progress and findings.

The position is initially for a period of 6 months with the potential for extension pending project funding.


The key responsibility areas will include:

  • Working to provide administrative and research assistance across a range of research projects
  • Support media, website, communications and dissemination of activities as required, working with the Supervisor, project executive and Burnet communications staff
  • Assist with drafting and editing of reports working with relevant activity managers/leaders or team members
  • Assist with preparation of presentations and briefs as required
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with external stakeholders

Full details can be found in the position description.


  • Bachelor degree with Honours (or equivalent)
  • A driver’s license valid in the state of Victoria
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to engage professionally with stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, including being able to manage multiple research-related tasks
  • Excellent working knowledge of Stata, the Microsoft Office suite and other database and statistical packages.
  • Capacity to work well under minimal supervision, and willingness to contribute to broader research and administrative tasks
  • Experience with conducting health related research (preferable)

Benefit from ongoing support, a monthly accrued day off and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not-for-profit organisation. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.


APPLY HERE 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 13th January 2019.

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. This field is not compulsory.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant may be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or criminal record check from the Australian Federal Police.

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