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Research Assistant – Maternal & Newborn Health

Burnet Institute |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: VIC
Sub location(s): Melbourne

The Opportunity

Are you a talented early-career researcher with expertise in maternal and newborn health? Are you interested in joining a values driven, not-for-profit organisation? Then this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Assistant to join the Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health team at Burnet. As part of our International Development discipline, you will join a fantastic, diverse, multi-disciplinary group with expertise across a wide range of maternal and newborn health topics.

This is a chance to contribute to the team’s public health research and knowledge synthesis activities, with a focus on improving maternal and newborn health globally. You will be provided mentorship, opportunities for career advancement and professional development within a supportive environment. Hear about the career journey of a member of this team here.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Contributing to development and conduct of systematic reviews on maternal and newborn health topics
  • Contributing to development of clinical and health system guidelines on maternal and newborn health topics
  • Preparing search strategies, conducting literature searches, retrieving journal articles and summarising information on a topic
  • Conducting data cleaning and query resolution activities and basic data analysis
  • Supporting research coordination activities with collaborators, including management of communications (e.g. teleconferences) and in-country meetings
  • Contributing to developing study proposals and protocols for primary research and knowledge synthesis projects
  • Supporting manuscript submission to journals, including ensuring requirements for journal instructions to authors are met

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

We are open to a time fraction of 0.8 – 1.0 FTE. This position is initially for a 2-year period with the possibility of extension. Part time working from home options and flexible working hours will also be provided.


Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential requirements:

  • An undergraduate qualification in science, health or other fields relevant to reproductive, sexual, maternal and/or child health
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas; sexual and reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, a health services improvement, or public health
  • Skills and experience with conduct of systematic reviews, literature searching and screening and Endnote software
  • Previous experience with conducting health related research activities
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently exercising strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

The following experience is desirable but not essential:

  • Project coordination/management skills
  • Previous experience in international development, research or not-for-profit organisation
  • Experience working on databases or health information systems ideally within a health or research program
  • Experience working in a resource-constrained country or setting
  • Experience working with statistical analysis software for quantitative analysis of health data (such as STATA, SPSS or similar)
  • Peer-review publications in a health field
  • Experience with electronic data collection and capture systems (eg: REDCap, Qualtrics or similar)
  • Knowledge of medicines development, testing, procurement AND/OR implementation
Closing Date: Jul 24, 2023