Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics of Disadvantage

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Sydney, Australia
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to apply and refine your expertise in applied microeconomics to contribute to the University's standing as an international leader in the discipline
  • Located at Camperdown/ Darlington Campus
  • Full time fixed term 2 years offering Academic Level B, a base salary of $108K-$128K p.a., plus leave loading and generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

This position is based in the School of Economics within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney ( The position is part of a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant exploring the causes, pathways and consequences of intergenerational disadvantage. In partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services, the project will identify the causal link between parents’ and children’s social assistance dependence, the pathways through which young people overcome disadvantage, and the role of family structure in transmitting disadvantage.

The position will also provide access to and resources from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre, The Life Course Centre is an exciting new research initiative which will identify the pathways through which social and economic disadvantage are perpetuated over the life course, within communities, and across generations. Its vast research network comprises an inter-disciplinary team of renowned social scientists based at four Australian universities, NGOs, government departments, and eminent international research affiliates.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics of Disadvantage who possesses:

  • a completed or near completion (within 3 months) PhD in Economics or a related discipline
  • a strong research interest in applied microeconomics generally, and inequality and social mobility in particular
  • demonstrated ability in micro-econometric analysis of large-scale survey and administrative data
  • the ability to conduct independent economic research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research papers
  • demonstrated ability to work as part of a research team, and work with other members of staff to meet the aims and deadlines of a project
  • a track record in research and writing and the potential to develop further research expertise through various projects


Please address the below Selection Criteria in your Cover Letter:

Please explain how your research agenda is aligned with the project’s goal of understanding the causal pathways of the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage.

The University of Sydney supports working from home and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role.

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Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia. For candidates currently located outside of Australia visa sponsorship is contingent on Australian borders opening.

Closing Date: 11:30 pm 16 May 2021

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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