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Research Assistant / Officer – Clinical Microbiology

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Organisation : Burnet Institute

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Sector : Research / Medical Research

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $88,708 per annum + super

Application closing date : 14 Jun, 2021

About the role

Are you highly experience in clinical microbiology? Are you interested in working on meaningful research projects within a values driven, not-for-profit organisation? Then this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity now exists for a Research Assistant or Officer to join our HIV, Inflammation and Microbiome team at Burnet!

Some of your duties will include:

  • Developing and conducting the lab activities for multiple research projects, as well as analysis and publication of results
  • Isolating and culturing bacteria and fungi from clinical samples
  • Characterising bacteria and fungi, including but not limited to microscopy, co-culture with human cells and assessment of immune response and metabolite measurement
  • Data management and quality control of data
  • Co-supervision and training of postgraduate students in laboratory procedures, data analysis, manuscripts and dissertations

This is a unique opportunity to be part of the establishment of the Genital Microbiome Laboratory, a whole new research area at Burnet! You will be given the opportunity to grow your skills, work with international partners, and build collaborative networks.

You will be working on meaningful projects aimed at improving our understanding of risk factors for HIV acquisition and adverse reproductive outcomes, as well as identifying isolates towards the development of a live biotherapeutic.

Refer to the attached position description for full details. This position is full time (part time will also be considered) initially for a 1-year period with the possibility of extension.


Let’s talk about you

The successful incumbent will have:

  • B.Sc. (Honours) in clinical microbiology or a related discipline
  • PhD. in clinical microbiology or a related discipline OR at least 3 years of post-graduate experience in clinical microbiology
  • Experience culturing bacteria and other microbes, including the culture of anaerobic organisms
  • Experience culturing mammalian cells

You will possess strong communication skills, an analytical mindset, and highly effective written and verbal communication skills. You will also have excellent organisation skills which allow you to manage multiple research activities at once, as well as experience in using data analysis software.

We are looking for someone who can think outside of the box, find creative solutions to problems, work autonomously, and show initiative!

The following experience is not essential but would be advantageous:

  • Experience conducting ELISA/multiplex assays
  • Experience isolating and characterizing bacteria and other microbes
  • Experience with whole genome sequencing and data analysis

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Burnet Institute

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).

How to apply

Position Description : Research Assistant_Officer PD

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Research Assistant / Officer – Clinical Microbiology via Pro Bono Australia.



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