First listed on: 21 June 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.


The purpose of this position is to undertake public health research and international development work within the Burnet. The position will be essential in supporting projects in Papua New Guinea and other low and middle-income countries, with a focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and/or Maternal and Child Health and/or Health Services Development. This position would suit public health professionals and researchers with an interest in gaining experience in global health. This position will be supported by intensive mentoring and training from senior global health research and development staff at the Burnet. The position is funded for an initial period of 12 months.


  • Support the coordination of public health research and international development projects
  • Support the implementation of public health research and international development projects, including short-term international travel as required
  • Contribute to education and training within the fields of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Maternal and Child Health
  • Support data collection, cleaning and analysis
  • Contribute to the dissemination of project findings through peer-reviewed journal articles, project reports, presentations and other appropriate media


The successful applicant will have the following qualifications and experience.


  • Degree in science, health or other field relevant to reproductive, sexual, maternal and/or child health in low- and middle-income countries
  • Expertise in sexual and reproductive health AND/OR maternal and child health AND/OR a health services improvement AND/OR public health
  • Experience with conducting health related research or development activities
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently exercising strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness and capacity for short-term travel to Papua New Guinea and/or similar settings
  • Strong written communication skills


  • A post graduate qualification in science, public health or a relevant field
  • Previous experience in international development, research or not-for-profit organization
  • Experience working on databases or health information systems ideally within a health or research program
  • Experience in resource-constrained settings such as Papua New Guinea or similar

Benefit from ongoing support 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.


To apply for this position, please click 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 Friday the 20th July at 11:59pm AEDT (GMT+11)

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 will be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or criminal record check from the Australian Federal Police.

Recent Jobs