Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Multiple Positions) University of Melbourne, Applied Economic & Social Research Faculty of Business and Economics


Job no: 0009307

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
Faculty of Business and Economics


Salary: Level B $98,775 - $117,290 or Level C $120,993 - $139,510 p.a., plus 17% superannuation


The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne seeks a number of enthusiastic, motivated economists with research expertise in applied economic and social research. There are several positions available in a number of areas of applied microeconomics. This includes strengthening our current areas of expertise such as labour economics, social policy, the economics of education, the economics of healthcare financing and organisation, and the economics of households in the areas of poverty and financial well-being. We are also seeking to expand our expertise in urban/public finance economics, behavioural economics, pro-social behavior, and charitable giving.


There are several positions available. One of the Fellows will work with the Director (Professor Abigail Payne) in her areas of research (economics of education, public economics, and charitable giving). There are also positions in the economics of healthcare financing and organisation (under the leadership of Professor Anthony Scott), one position in labour economics and social policy (under the direction of Professor Guyonne Kalb), a possible position in the area of poverty and household well-being (under the direction of Professor David Ribar), and a possible position in the area of applied microeconomics with a focus on field experiments (under the direction of Professor Lisa Cameron). The positions are available as a Level B Research Fellow. For candidates with sufficient experience, there is the possibility of being appointed as a Level C Senior Research Fellow.


The Research Fellow (Level B) positions would suit those who are about to complete their PhD or have recently completed their PhD (within 3-5 years). Candidates should possess strong applied econometric skills (especially as applied to the analysis of longitudinal survey data, working with cross-section and panel administrative data, and/or working on field experiments) with evidence of or the potential to publish in leading general and field-specific economics journals. Applicants should also have a genuine interest in engaging in policy-relevant research and in disseminating this research to a broad range of audiences. To be considered for a Senior Research Fellow (Level C) position, applicants should have considerable experience in an academic environment, have a strong track record of publication in high quality journals, and show evidence of their ability to engage with policy makers and engage in public debate.


The Melbourne Institute has an outstanding and dynamic research environment, supported by access to high quality survey and administrative data, opportunities to run field experiments and engage in primary data collection. The Melbourne Institute operates as a department within the Faculty of Business and Economics and is considered the pre-eminent applied economic and social research institute in Australia for the study of micro and macroeconomic issues. The Institute maintains a collegial and co-operative culture that expects academic excellence as well the development of policy-relevant research activities that may lead to better policies and practices. The University of Melbourne is ranked number one in Australia, and the city of Melbourne is consistently ranked by the Economist as the most liveable city in the world.


The successful candidates will be expected to start between January and July 2018. These positions have been identified as three year fixed term positions with the possibility of renewal and promotion conditional on performance of the candidate and funding. All applications should include a cover letter, a C.V., a job-market paper, and letters of reference.


PLEASE DO NOT APPLY VIA THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE. Please apply through the Econjob market site:


Close date: 1 Mar 2018


Position Description and Selection Criteria

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Advertised: 20 Sep 2017 12:00 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 01 Mar 2018 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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