First listed on: 22 October 2020

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Research Fellow/ Research Fellow to work across our Public Health Discipline at Burnet Institute to lead data analyses and reporting across a range of important studies, including those examining the impacts of COVID-19 and associated restrictions. These include studies of people who use drugs as well as studies of the wider community.

In this role you will:

  • Develop and maintain data analysis and paper production plans in consultation with the study principal investigators and other stakeholders.
  • Summarise and communicate progress, milestones and outcomes to investigators, colleagues and partners.
  • Directly support capacity building through technical mentorship, direct training and systems support in relevant areas.
  • Provide project and operational support, administrative tasks completion, contribute to project plans, organise and coordinate meetings.
  • Represent the Burnet Institute at project meetings with collaborators, external stakeholders and/or funding agencies.

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

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

Let’s talk about you

The successful incumbent will have:

  • PhD or equivalent in a quantitative field (e.g., Statistics, Psychology, Epidemiology, Econometrics, Data Science, Data Analytics, Computer Science, Public Health)
  • Experience in research and related methodologies relevant to the projects and responsibilities described above
  • High-level research and statistical analysis skills and experience in the use of statistical software such as Stata and R.
  • Demonstrated experience in a research / program management role
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct independent research with high quality research outputs including refereed journal publication and translation into policy or practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including and the ability to engage professionally with stakeholders and display empathy and understanding in dealing with marginalised people
  • Previous experience leading the development and writing of academic publications
  • Demonstrated understanding of ethical principles underpinning research with marginalised populations
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, including being able to manage multiple research-related tasks

The following experience is also preferable:

  • Experience in the supervision of students undertaking undergraduate projects and higher degrees
  • Experience working with vulnerable and marginalised populations
  • Experience in the dissemination of research findings
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and other database packages

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 selection criteria (as outlined above and in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Thursday, 12 November 2020.

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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