First listed on: 10 November 2020

The Opportunity

Do you have experience coordinating the development of interactive, user-friendly websites? Are you a natural relationship builder who has successfully implemented community engagement programs? Then this may be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity is available for a Research Assistant/ Research Officer to join the HIV prevention team and broader Disease Elimination Program at Burnet.

The main research project you will work on is the Ageing Well with HIV project. This project is a partnership between the Burnet Institute, Living Positive Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health and Alfred Health. The project aims to address the psychosocial and health needs of older people living with HIV through the development and refinement of an online platform designed to enhance the reach, sustainability and effectiveness of existing programs.

In this role, you will:

  • Directly oversee the development and implementation of the Ageing Well with HIV online platform.
  • Work collaboratively with partner community organisations to build effective working relationships and ensure product suitability and sustainability.  
  • Contribute to the development and coordinate the implementation and management of a monitoring and evaluation framework associated with the online platform.
  • Develop promotional material and campaigns associated with the online platform.
  • Develop and maintain project management plans. Provide project management support to track inputs, progress and outputs against implementation plans and work plans.

This position is initially for an 18-month period with the possibility of extension.

Refer to the attached position description for full details.


Let’s talk about you

The successful candidate will have a background in health promotion, community and/or public health program implementation and management. With excellent organisation and time management skills, you will have a proven track record of successfully coordinating the development of interactive and user-friendly websites.

You will possess strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills, as well being a natural communicator with the ability to develop diverse relationships using inclusive and collaborative language. A university degree in field/s relevant to Public Health and/or Information Technology is also essential.  

The following experience is preferable:

  • Experience in HIV, sexual health or other areas of public health research
  • Demonstrated digital and graphic design skills
  • Experience working with web design software and google analytics
  • Experience working with monitoring and evaluation frameworks and databases, ideally within a health program
  • Experience working with vulnerable and marginalised populations


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? 

Click here to apply for this position and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria as outlined in the attached position description (responses to criteria listed as preferable are optional)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Friday, 27 November 2020.

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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