Research Officer - Policy and Evaluation

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 08 Dec 2023

Job no: 0060496
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Microbiology and Immunology  
Level B – $114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to important research and support monitoring and evaluation of the Doherty Institute’s initiatives to strengthen communicable disease prevention and control within Australia and across the Asia Pacific region. 
  • Join a dynamic and collaborative team and work at the Doherty Institute, a world class institute. 
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role
This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated Research Officer to join the Doherty Institute. The Research Officer will support monitoring and evaluation of the Doherty Institute’s initiatives to strengthen communicable disease prevention and control within Australia and across the Asia Pacific region.  This work will focus on the areas of pathogen genomics in public health; antimicrobial resistance; One Health; and the use of evidence and data to inform public health responses to infectious diseases.  Cross-cutting themes underpinning the work include health equity, gender equality and disability social inclusion (GEDSI) and climate change.

The position will report to Dr Angeline Ferdinand within the Policy and Evaluation Unit of the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL), WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance and Centre for Pathogen Genomics, and working closely with other staff across the Doherty Institute.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage and participate in the day-to-day tasks associated with running evaluation studies.
  • Co-ordinating collaboration and communication with project implementers, domestic and regional partners and other stakeholders.
  • Lead the development of evaluation documentation including policies and protocols.

Who We Are Looking For
To be successful in this role you will be a motivated and enthusiastic researcher with demonstrated research experience and an interest in evaluation and implementation science. You will also have excellent communication skills, enabling you to work effectively with various internal and external stakeholders from policy and research environments.

You will also have:

  • A PhD degree in Evaluation Science, Public Health, Epidemiology or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.
  • A substantial track record in the field of Evaluation Science, Public Health, Epidemiology or related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership in research as evidenced by active contribution to research projects with multiple stakeholders.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Your New Team – The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
The Doherty Institute is a world-class institute combining research in infectious disease and immunity with teaching excellence, reference laboratory diagnostic services, epidemiology and clinical services. It is a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health. A new, purpose-built building for the Doherty Institute was completed in early 2014. The members of the Doherty include the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory of the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System, The Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, The Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, and The World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits  page!

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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Katie Robertson via email at [email protected] , ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

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