First listed on: 01 March 2021

The Opportunity

Do you have experience working on multi-site projects in the clinical research sector? Are you seeking a meaningful opportunity within a not-for-profit, values driven organisation? Then this may be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity is now available for a Research Assistant to join Burnet’s QuickStart Study team within the Viral Hepatitis Working group and broader Disease Elimination Program.

The QuickStart Study is a cluster cross-over randomised controlled trial set in primary healthcare services. The study will explore three interventions focused on rapid point-of-care hepatitis C testing and treatment initiation. Hepatitis C treatment uptake and cure, across the different interventions, will be assessed. Thirty services from across Australia will participate in the study.

In this role, you will support the operational and administrative activities required to implement this complex, national, multi-site trial. You may also support other research projects within the Disease Elimination Program.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Assisting the program manager and other QuickStart study team members with the running and monitoring of study related activities.
  • Liaising with health services and organisations regarding provision of relevant study documentation, data collection and study activities.
  • Assisting in the process of development and implementation of contracts between the Burnet and study sites.
  • Updating and maintaining project management plans. Providing project management support to track inputs, progress and outputs against work plans.
  • Under supervision, assisting with data cleaning, analysis and reporting to study team, stakeholders and external parties.
  • Providing administrative support where required (eg. setting up meetings, agendas, minutes, etc).

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a 0.6 – 1.0 FTE (negotiable) position, initially for a 1-year period with the possibility of extension.


Let’s talk about you

The successful candidate will have experiencing working on multi-site projects ideally in the clinical research sector. We are seeking someone who has strong administration and organisation skills. You will have great attention to detail, and you are comfortable prioritising your tasks to meet strict deadlines. An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is also essential.

The following qualifications and experience would be desirable:

  • A post graduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Sound knowledge of clinical research contract management principles including contract preparation and monitoring.
  • Experience working in the clinical research or clinical trials sector.
  • Experience working with databases or information systems ideally within a health or research program
  • Capacity to work independently exercising strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Understanding of the regulatory, ethics and governance requirements of clinical research and clinical trials.
  • Experience preparing ethics and governance applications for multi-site research studies.
  • Experience in hepatitis, sexual health or other areas of public health research


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 holds an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award from Science in Gender Equity (SAGE).


Sounds great! How do I apply?

Apply below and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing essential selection criteria (as outlined in the attached position description). Desirable criteria are optional to address.
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday 21 March 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.


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