Research Officer - Maternal and Perinatal Health - Burnet Institute - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 25 January 2021

The Opportunity 
An exciting opportunity now exists for a Research Officer to join a dynamic and experienced group of public health researchers within Burnet’s Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health team. The Research Officer will contribute to the team’s public health research and knowledge synthesis activities, with a focus on improving maternal and newborn health globally. 
In this role you will:
  • Lead development of systematic review protocols on maternal and perinatal health topics
  • Develop and execute protocols for primary research and other knowledge synthesis activities in maternal and perinatal health
  • Co-ordinate and support Ethics Review Board submissions
  • Conduct systematic reviews on maternal and perinatal health topics
  • Prepare search strategies, conduct literature searches, retrieve journal articles and summaries information on a topic
  • Conduct research project coordination activities, including management of communications (e.g. teleconferences), minutes and meetings as required
  • Conduct manuscript submission to journals, including ensuring requirements for journal instructions to authors are met
  • Support media, website, communications and dissemination of working group activities as required

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a part time 0.8 FTE, 1 year contract role, however 0.6-0.8 FTE will be considered for the right candidate. 
Let’s talk about you
The successful incumbent will have:
  • Expertise in sexual and reproductive health and/or maternal and child health and/or a health services improvement and/or public health
  • Previous experience with conducting health related research activities
  • Skills and experience conducing systematic reviews, literature searching  and screening and Endnote software
  • Peer-review publications in a health field
  • Project coordination/management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently exercising strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Good time management and organisational skills
The following experience is preferable:
  • Experience working with statistical analysis software for quantitative analysis of health data (such as STATA, SPSS or similar)
  • Previous experience in international development, research or not-for-profit organisation
  • Experience working in a resource-constrained country or setting Desirable
  • Experience with electronic data collection and capture systems (eg: REDCap or similar)
The following qualifications are essential:
  • An undergraduate qualification in science, health or other field relevant to reproductive, sexual, maternal and/or child health in low- and middle-income countries
  • A PhD qualification in the health sciences, public health or a relevant field
  • Technical, scientific or clinical background in maternal and newborn health is also desirable.
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?  
To apply for this position click below and attach the following documents:
  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (max 3 pages) as outlined above and in the attached position description
  • Resume (max 4 pages) including the names and contact details of three referees 
Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday, 7 February 2021. 
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.