First listed on: 21 June 2022

The Opportunity

This is an exciting new role within the Burnet Diagnostic Initiative (BDI)! You will have the opportunity to project manage and coordinate commercialisation of our innovative point of care assays and therapeutic applications. You will work in a diverse team alongside talented scientists, our business development and commercialisation team, and manage projects in alignment with industry standards with reference to regulatory requirements.

This role will contribute to the improvement of the BDI’s impact through commercialising intellectual property and research outcomes. This includes identifying research to be licensed and providing expert advice on commercialisation to BDI researchers. You will build internal and external networks to identify opportunities for research commercialisation, market research and building a business case. Assistance in applying for funding from a variety of sources is also key to the position.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Managing commercialisation and translation of Intellectual Property, achieving objectives and deliverables in line with the BDI and Burnet Institute strategy
  • Helping to manage the identification, evaluation and potential translation of particular ideas, research programs and technologies
  • Helping to report on the outputs and impact of BDI projects, including preparing proposals, briefing papers and reports, and developing innovative communication techniques
  • Managing the BDI portfolio of product development projects
  • Defining project objectives, project scope, project deliverables, roles & responsibilities
  • Defining resource requirements and managing resource availability & budgetary requirements
  • Managing delivery of the project according to the plan in conjunction with laboratory manager
  • Ensuring that quality management forms and records are used as intended and completed as required
  • Providing the interface between academics, business development and research translation staff, building strong networks

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a full-time permanent position. Flexible working hours and working from home options will also be provided.


Let’s talk about you

The ideal candidate will have previously worked in the in vitro diagnostic, pharmaceutical or other biotechnology-based industry.

The following criteria are essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Professional skill and knowledge of research translation, commercialisation, and market research
  • Demonstrated success in negotiating commercial and legal arrangements for research translation
  • Demonstrated skills in building internal and external networks in relation to research translation and commercialisation of intellectual property
  • Demonstrated understanding of higher education and/or public sector research in relation to research translation and/or commercialisation
  • Experience with project management software tools
  • Proven working experience in project management
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple priorities, work under pressure, and meet deadlines

The following experience is preferable:

  • Masters or PhD in relevant field
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Knowledge of laboratory compliance standards
  • Knowledge of regulatory frameworks for in vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • Strong understanding of the design and development of diagnostic assays
  • Knowledge of human ethics and cGCP training
  • Knowledge of Institutional Biosafety Committee frameworks and associated legislation


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. Hear from some of our talented staff about their career journeys at Burnet here!

We offer:

  • A monthly accrued day off for full-time staff
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 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:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Monday, 18 July 2022. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and suitable applicants may be invited to interview prior to the closing date so don’t wait until the last moment to apply!

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. Australian working rights and evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 will also be required.

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