First listed on: 29 April 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.


The Research Assistant will provide research support across a range of projects connected to the Behaviours and Health Risks and Disease Elimination Programs at the Burnet Institute. The successful applicant will work on multiple projects in the public health field, particularly projects relating to sexual health and young people.

Applicants should have experience and understanding of public health research. They will be responsible for managing and coordinating ongoing research studies. Work will involve both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. The applicant would require experience in at least one of these skill sets and a willingness to learn research skills in other areas.

Refer to the attached position description for more details.


The successful applicant will have the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, science, psychology or related disciplines
  • Experience with collection and analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to engage professionally with stakeholders and in a friendly, non-judgemental way with a diverse group of participants


  • Honours or Master’s degree in public health, science, psychology or related disciplines
  • 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
  • A demonstrated academic track record (e.g. publications) 
  • Experience in sexual health or other areas of public health research

Benefit from ongoing support, a monthly accrued day off (for full time staff) 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.



CLICK HERE to apply for this position. You'll need to attach the following documents to apply:

  • 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 AEST on Sunday 26th May 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 will be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or National Police Check.


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