First listed on: 22 October 2020

The Opportunity

Are you a talented researcher with a passion for public health? Are you eager to learn research skills in new areas and join a values driven not-for-profit organisation? Then this may be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity is now available for a Research Assistant to support our Behaviours and Health Risks Program. This is a unique opportunity to work on Burnet’s Coping with Covid-19 study along with a range of other projects. In this role, you will:

  • Manage research projects under supervision
  • Engage, recruit, contact and co-ordinate research participants
  • Implement and manage online and face-to-face surveys
  • Conduct research interviews, focus group discussions and workshops
  • Conduct formative and outcome evaluation of health promotion interventions
  • Perform analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Manage and process large datasets
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Prepare ethics and grant submissions
  • Write research publications and reports
  • Deliver research presentations at meetings and conferences
  • Assist with social media communications to participants and stakeholders

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This position is initially for a 1 year period with the possibility of extension.

Let’s talk about you

You have previous experience working in public health research and are skilled in the collection and analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data. Friendly, approachable, and a natural communicator, you have a flair for engaging professionally with key stakeholders and diverse groups of people! You will also possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area.

The following experience would also be preferable:

  • Project management experience
  • Experience with literature review, grant writing and ethics applications
  • Experience using a statistical package and/or database software, e.g. Stata, SPSS, SAS, R
  • A demonstrated academic track record (e.g. publications)

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.

We offer:

  • A monthly accrued day off for full-time staff
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • 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 is also participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter.

Sounds great! How do I apply? 

Click here to apply for this position and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the attached position description (responses to criteria listed as preferable is optional)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Thursday, 5 November 2020.

Interviews may be scheduled prior to the closing date so don’t wait until the last minute to apply!

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.

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