First listed on: 24 January 2019


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.


We are looking to expand our modelling group, within the Public Health discipline. Our modelling team works at the forefront of guiding resource allocation decisions for HIV, TB, viral hepatitis, malaria and nutrition. In close partnership with the World Bank we have developed a collection of ‘Optima’ models to link interventions and their costs with their impact, perform scenario analyses, predict epidemiological trends and optimise spending. Optima tools have already been used by over 30 countries across Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa to guide resource allocation towards the most cost-effective mix of programs, and to assist with national strategic and operational planning.

We are seeking to bring on board an individual to work on multidisciplinary projects, to apply existing epidemiological and costing models to real world applications. We actively welcome modellers from related fields, outside of epidemiology, as well as people with experience in health outside of modelling.

Working with the Modelling & Biostatistics team within the Burnet Institute, the Health Modeller will:

  • Apply models and related software tools to major public health issues, including HIV, TB, viral hepatitis, malaria, maternal and child health, and nutrition;
  • Work with a team of mathematical modellers, economists, health and policy experts, computer scientists and epidemiologists to refine epidemiological and costing models; and
  • Provide modelling and analytical support to governments and other partners - notably the World Bank and international health agencies - to improve resource allocative efficiency within the heath sector.


The key responsibility areas will include:

  • Work with a modelling team to collaboratively develop and apply detailed mathematical models of key health and disease areas, using appropriate epidemiological, statistical, mathematical, and economic techniques
  • Communicate with epidemiologists, public health experts, government officials, and global health and international aid agencies
  • Contribute to the preparation of documentation required for project initiation, including scope of work and technical supporting documentation
  • Undertake research projects with a high degree of autonomy
  • Contribute to and produce scientific and technical papers

Full details can be found in the position description.


  • Undergraduate degree in modelling, statistics, physics, computer science, or a similar field OR Undergraduate degree in health sciences, biomedicine or a similar field plus experience with data analysis and computing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated project experience, including the ability to successfully complete projects, both independently and as part of a team (preferable)
  • Experience with scientific computing and/or mathematical modelling (preferable)
  • Experience in one or more of: maternal and child health or nutrition, epidemiology, health costing and economics, communicable diseases (preferable)
  • Demonstrated interest in data mining and data visualization

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.


To apply for this position, 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 17th February 2019 at 11:59pm (AEDT)

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 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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