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Director – Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Ronald Henderson Chair

Melbourne, Australia
Closing date
22 Jan 2024

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Job no: 3363050
Salary: An attractive remuneration package is negotiable
Superannuation: Employer Contribution of 17%
Working Hours: Full-time 1.0 FTE
Basis of Employment: The position of Director and Chair is for a fixed term of 5 years.


The Director and Ronald Henderson Chair will be expected to provide leadership and foster excellence in research within the Melbourne Institute, the University of Melbourne and the community, both scholarly and general. He/she will be an outstanding researcher in one of the areas of specialisation of the Melbourne Institute.

The incumbent will be expected to undertake scholarly research, both individually and jointly with colleagues, supervise and support research staff and doctoral candidates, participate in public discussion and evidence-based debate about important national issues, help to build the institute's international reputation and support network based on the quality and relevance of its research and be active in seeking contract and research funding from the government, community and the business sectors, and nationally competitive research grants including ARC and NH&MRC grants.

You will possess;

  • A PhD or equivalent in economics or related discipline
  • Academic excellence and outstanding contribution to research in applied economics/econometrics in one of the areas of specialisation of the Melbourne Institute
  • A strong record of publications, conference papers, reports and/or professional and/or technical contributions
  • A strong track record of obtaining research funds - identify funding opportunities, especially from business and government, and pursuing those opportunities.

Full list of the key search criteria can be found in the attached Position Description.

About Us

The Melbourne Institute

The Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research [Melbourne Institute] is a research-only, academic department in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. With 60 years' experience as a distinguished economic and social policy research institution, the Melbourne Institute has a long-standing engagement with Australian economic and social policy, informing and shaping policy by using economic frameworks supported by its strength in building data and undertaking rigorous statistical analysis. The Melbourne Institute has expertise in data analysis, survey methodology, running field experiments and randomised control trials, and working with administrative and proprietary data. The Melbourne Institute is home to over 50 accomplished researchers with international reputations for publishing in top academic journals as well providing high-quality, independent and impartial applied research for government, business and community groups.

Faculty of Business and Economics

The Faculty of Business and Economics [FBE] at the University of Melbourne has been preparing students for exciting and challenging careers in industry since 1924. We have developed an outstanding reputation, locally and internationally, for the quality of our teaching and research. The faculty has an active board of business leaders, government representatives and community leaders who contribute to the implementation of our vision.

Employee Benefits

We offer generous employee benefits to help maximise your work life. These include flexible and family friendly working conditions, salary packaging, internal School and Faculty grant schemes including a dedicated scheme for women and generous leave provisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a culturally rich and values-based environment.

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a cover letter, CV and document with responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

Applications close: 22 January 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: Download File Director – Melbourne Institute of Applied Director Economic & SR & RHC - PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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