First listed on: 13 January 2022

The Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join our Global Adolescent Health team as we advance our research on menstrual health. You will work closely with Burnet researchers and international collaborators to implement quantitative research to understand the impacts of menstruation on health and education.

Join an innovative learning environment where you’ll be provided ongoing mentorship, the opportunity to lead the production of research outputs, and build your skills & capabilities in Global Public Health research! Travel (when safe to do so) in Asia Pacific is also a component of this role.

In this role you will:

  • Support the establishment of a cohort study to track adolescent girls’ experience of menstruation in Southeast Asia
  • Support ongoing studies to measure unmet menstrual health needs and their impacts over the life-course
  • Develop and implement data management protocols, and conduct quantitative data analysis
  • Support the development of peer-review publications and reports, with opportunities to lead your own publications
  • Establish strong relationships with study collaborators, and provide logistical support
  • Support the dissemination of research findings for varied audiences, including through websites, blog posts, and short summaries.

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a full time position (0.8 FTE will also be considered), initially for a 2-year period with the possibility of extension. Ongoing part time working from home and flexible working hours are also possible!


Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential requirements:

  • Knowledge of quantitative research methods – including study design, data collection and analysis
  • Experience in the development of research protocols and ethics applications
  • Competency using statistical software for data cleaning and analysis (e.g., Stata, SPSS, R)
  • Experience in data and/or database management
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, for academic and generalist audiences
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently, and also support others
  • Experience engaging stakeholders - especially in cross cultural settings
  • Ability and availably to travel once safe to do so

The following experience is preferable:

  • Experience in survey data collection in cross-cultural settings
  • Experience in menstrual health or sexual and reproductive health research
  • Experience in adolescent 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 the selection criteria (as outlined in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Monday, 31 January 2022.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 

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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