Research Assistant – Outreach Fieldworker (Part Time)

Job No: BI201820194
Location: Melbourne


The purpose of this position is to conduct fieldwork involving interviews and blood sample collection from participants in studies of drug use currently being undertaken at the Burnet Institute. Examples of these studies include:

  • ‘VMAX’ – A prospective cohort study of people who use methamphetamine in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
  • ‘MIX’ – a prospective study of people who inject drugs in Melbourne.

The position is funded for a period of 12 months during which time the Research Assistant will: conduct interviews with (and possibly collect blood samples from) study participants; manage data collection; and, participate in the wider activities of the Alcohol and other Drug Research Group (Behaviours and Health Risks Program). Training will be provided in all aspects of the position (including phlebotomy if needed) and work will be undertaken under the supervision of the project investigators and senior members of the fieldwork team.

The position is initially part time (0.6 time fraction) with the possibility of increased hours/days.



Your major responsibility areas include the following:

  • Locating study participants through initial recruitment methods, conducting follow-up using study databases, and interviewing them using computerised data collection forms as per study protocols
  • Collect blood samples from participants as per study protocols, including the provision of appropriate pre- and post-test counselling around blood borne viruses (e.g., hepatitis C)
  • Upload data and manage collected samples as per study protocols
  • Abide by our ethics procedures as outlined in study ethics protocols and the Institute’s Standard Operating Procedures
  • Other research tasks as required



You will have:

  • Bachelor Degree in public health, psychology, social work or related discipline (preferable)
  • Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology or related discipline (preferable)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of basic computer packages
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work well independently but also as a member of a team
  • Ability to be assertive, proactive and show initiative

Experience in the dissemination of research findings, and statistical analysis skills and experience would be highly regarded.

Benefit from ongoing support and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not-for-profit organisation.  Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience. 

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.



To apply for this position, please complete the details below and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (as outlined above and in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close Wednesday the 25th April at 11:30pm AEDT (GMT+11)

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. This field is not compulsory.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant will be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or criminal record check from the Australian Federal Police.

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