The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

Senior Research Fellow (C) - Government Commissioned Research Economist


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Academic Level C $130,810 - $150,431 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation.

Full time, fixed term position for 36 months - possibility of extension. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

The School of Economics and Public Policy is renowned for its excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in Economics and Public Policy, providing cutting-edge research in areas such as econometrics, macroeconomics, data analysis, and quantitative methods.

Its Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre (FES) is seeking to appoint a full-time experienced Research Fellow to join their team on a 3-year contract. The position will provide the successful candidate with a variety of responsibilities that include, scoping and planning of research projects, data gathering and analysis, and development of comprehensive reports.

Our ideal candidate is comfortable in working independently with a proven track record as a reliable and trusted team player. They can conduct research and engage with stakeholders all while understanding the need for discretion. The successful candidate will work alongside world-class researchers in a collegial and respectful environment to support and develop the Centre's research agenda. While holding a PhD in Economics is a desirable criterion, we will consider candidates currently completing a PhD in Economics or a related field (such as Statistics or Applied Data Science) and who have a strong research record and demonstrated research excellence (which may include experience in a consulting firm).

We are looking for candidates who can carry out or lead research, scholarship, and professional activities. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate strong experience and interest in conducting commissioned research and ability to attract external funding for research for government departments. The School welcomes applications from diverse backgrounds.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD in Economics is desirable, with consideration to candidates currently completing a PhD in Economics or a related field (such as Statistics or Applied Data Science).
  • Demonstrated research experience, including academic and/or commissioned research for Government Departments.
  • Expert knowledge of STATA and R softwares.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in quantitative methodologies, especially in the areas of Econometrics (Microeconometrics), Statistics, and Economic Modelling.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to communicate technical content to a wide audience of non-specialists.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing research proposals and commissioned research tenders.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and experience in collaborating and engaging with diverse stakeholders, industry, and government partners.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking collaborative research and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to meet competing deadlines.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint.
  • Hold an active Baseline Security Clearance or eligibility to obtain one upon commencement
  • Desired characteristics:

  • Experience with the ABS DataLab environment.
  • Interest and experience in the area of Skills and Workforce planning.
  • Demonstrated experience using ABS survey data.
  • Experience using large longitudinal datasets such as HILDA or equivalent international datasets (such as BHPS, GSOEP, etc.).
  • Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    Your faculty's broader role

    The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics is a place of innovative practice and thought leadership across a diverse range of disciplines. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and has strong connections with business and industry, including internationally.

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    If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit an updated resume, and cover letter that includes your responses to the selection criteria for the position.

    Applications close 11:55pm, 31 May 2024

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

    For further information

    For more information regarding this position, contact

    Anjelika Vorel Talent Acquisition Specialist E: [email protected]

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    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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    Job details


    Senior Research Fellow (C) - Government Commissioned Research Economist


    The University of Adelaide




    May 07, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 31, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Mathematics

    About the employer

    The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

    The university has four campuses, three in South Australia: North Terrace campus in the city, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy and Waite campus at Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The university also operates out of other areas such as Thebarton, the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands, and in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

    The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia.

    The university is associated with five Nobel laureates, constituting one-third of Australia's total Nobel Laureates, and 110 Rhodes scholars. The university has had a considerable impact on the public life of South Australia, having educated many of the state's leading businesspeople, lawyers, medical professionals and politicians. The university has been associated with many notable achievements and discoveries, such as the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes and X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology.

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