Research Manager
Advertiser: e61
Field(s) of specialization: Microeconomics
Position type(s): Other nonacademic
Location of job: Level 24, 123 Pitt street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 2
Application deadline: 31 Dec 2022 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 31 Dec 2022
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting November, 2022.
Ad text:

The e61 Institute is seeking an applied research manager with a background in household-level and firm-level micro data research. You will manage a team of researchers and oversee the delivery of key policy research programs, providing data-driven insights into some of Australia’s most pressing economic and social challenges.

e61 is based in Sydney and Canberra with a world-class research team and an eminent global network of academic fellows. It is Australia’s leading data-driven research institute. It brings together problem-solvers from academia, industry and government to produce high-quality and policy-relevant research. e61 combines innovative data with state-of-the-art tools from economics and data science to answer important social science questions.

e61 is currently investigating a range of policy-relevant research topics, including:

  • The effect of changes in income support policies on household labour supply and spending decisions
  • The potential effect of structural reforms on firm-level productivity and economic dynamism
  • The state of competition and market power in Australia

What this role offers you

At e61, we work on interesting projects with great people. Working at e61 is an opportunity to:

  • Build your academic profile by publishing high-quality research papers, journal articles, research notes and opinion editorials to influence Australia’s policy debate
  • Work closely with world-class researchers through the senior research fellow program and build networks with policymakers, academics and journalists
  • Demonstrate leadership by managing a dynamic team of researchers in an innovative and flexible institute
  • Work flexibly in an organisation that prioritises and invests in a great workplace culture

This is an ideal career opportunity for an economist with 5+ years of experience with a background in applied household-level and firm-level microdata research.

An attractive remuneration package is available to secure the right candidate and e61 offers a range of career development opportunities. The e61 Institute is committed to flexible work and we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant.

What we are looking for

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Minimum five years’ work experience, including in applied microeconomic data research, in Australia or abroad. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in research areas such as: household finance, labour markets, health, productivity, education and/or disadvantage
  • Completed an honours degree (or equivalent) or above in economics, econometrics, data science or a related field. Postgraduate training is preferred but not essential, particularly if you have a proven research track record

Successful applicants will be expected to produce high-quality research, lead research teams and work with the leadership group to develop the e61 research program. This will require the successful candidate to:

  • Manage researchers, delegate effectively and provide constructive feedback
  • Produce high-quality economic research and provide advice to stakeholders
  • Communicate complex analysis in non-technical terms and produce clear recommendations
  • Develop the skills of staff and help to recruit and build the talent pool of applied micro data researchers in Australia
  • Promote a vibrant, collaborative and inclusive workplace culture

Application process

Your application should include:

  • 1-page cover letter outlining your motivation for applying and how your skills can improve the evidence base for public policy in Australia
  • Short resume (maximum of 2 pages)
  • University transcripts
  • A writing sample of: i) Non-technical writing for a non-academic audience; and ii) Academic or technical research.
  • Confirmation of your right to work in Australia

Please note that we will provide a receipt of application notification by email but, due to the volume of applicants, will only contact you if you proceed to the formal interview process.

Submission materials required
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript of grades
  • Paper (writing example)
  • Letters of reference: 2
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