Postdoctoral Research Associate in Economics

Sydney, Australia
16 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Economics

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Join a collaborative and supportive network of internationally renowned academics
  • Develop your academic career in one of Australia’s top economics schools
  • Full-time, two-year contract (with possible renewal), Academic Level A salary: $92,682 - $98,940 p.a. plus generous superannuation and leave loading

About the opportunity 

The School of Economics at the University of Sydney is a partner in a National Medical and Health Research Council Centre for Research Excellence, which aims to develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to mitigate the consequences of significant adversity experienced between a child's conception and  entry  to school (EMPOWER: Health Systems, Adversity and Child Well Being). The newly-established Centre is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of renowned epidemiologists, medical practitioners, biostatisticians, and economists predominantly based at the University of Adelaide.

This position is based in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney, within its Economics of Human Development research node). The research program of this node centres on human capability formation and encompasses a broad range of issues, among others the evaluation of the lifecycle economic benefits and penalties of early childhood interventions and adverse childhood experiences, respectively.

The successful candidate will work with linked administrative data to estimate the impact of welfare/family policies on human development. You’ll also lead to develop theoretical models, identify natural experiments and implement policy evaluation methods to estimate the impact of public policies on outcomes.

In addition, you’ll support the project leader in USING Australian longitudinal cohort data and linked administrative data from the Northern Territory and South Australia to estimate relationships of interest that cannot be estimated from the SA data. It would be desirable if you can support some of the teaching duties of the project leader.

About you

As the successful candidate, you will work closely with colleagues in the Economics of Human Development research node and partners within the Centre to provide leadership and foster excellence in research, and further the goals of the Centre. You will be an accomplished researcher with an established track record in working with administrative data and publications in one of the following fields: family economics; health economics; labour economics; education economics; or program evaluation.

You will have:

  • Completed, or about to complete, a PhD in Economics
  • Evidence of 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
  • A strong interest in the research programs of the Centre.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 036/0119F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 14 February 2019 (Sydney time)

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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