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Project Officer - FIRST

Job no: 0061808
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time (Part-time will be considered at a minimum of 0.8 FTE); Fixed-term for 12 months
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Infectious Diseases, Melbourne Medical School
UOM 6 – $96,459 - $104,413 pa (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super

  • Drive national effort: amplify First Nations voices in pandemic research.
  • Collaborate closely with researchers and public health practitioners, shaping national research initiatives.
  • 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!

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic)

About the Role
This is an exceptional opportunity for a dedicated Project Officer to contribute to the vital mission of enhancing pandemic preparedness within First Nations communities. As the Project Officer (FIRST), you will play a pivotal role in facilitating communication, coordination, and relationship-building efforts within the First Nations Pandemic Research Preparedness Network (FIRST) and the broader APPRISE initiative. You'll have the chance to work alongside a dynamic team at the forefront of infectious disease research, fostering a culture of care and collaboration that prioritises First Nations voices, knowledge, and methodologies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing project coordination and administrative support for all aspects of the APPRISE First Nations projects.
  • Driving the preparation of ethics applications and service agreements to enable the setup of community panels in key communities.
  • Working collaboratively with the Co-chairs and Governance Group members of FIRST to enable and promote network activities.

Who We Are Looking For
You excel in interpersonal communication, fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders, both face-to-face and virtually. Your articulate written and verbal skills enhance inclusive dialogue within First Nations communities and research initiatives.

You will also have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification and/or extensive experience in management of health programs or research projects.
  • Proven track record in Engaging and Developing Partnerships with First Nations communities.
  • Exceptional Organisational/Administrative Skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Demonstrated ability to use and promote culturally safe work practices to support to support First Nations stakeholders.

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

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Infectious Diseases
The Department of Infectious Diseases at the Peter Doherty Institute conducts impactful research on global health challenges, including antimicrobial resistance, HIV, tuberculosis, and emerging infectious diseases. Join our collaborative team of diverse researchers, make a difference in patient outcomes, and contribute to shaping public health policies. Together, we strive for excellence, innovation, and integrity in advancing our understanding and combatting infectious diseases.

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!

About the University of Melbourne
We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself
The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

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

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara via email at, 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.

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