Job no: 0047188
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics
Department/School: Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research
Salary: Level A – $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
About the Role
The Foundation Fellow is a two-year position created to provide an opportunity for highly motivated, highly qualified post-honours and/or master’s degree candidates to gain experience and exposure to applied economic research and data analytics. The position is designed to prepare individuals wishing to gain valuable training and experience toward a career in academia and/or policy relevant research in economics and/or public policy. Fellows will be expected to fully engage in the intellectual life at the Melbourne Institute. The Fellow will be supervised by senior research staff in one or more program areas to further projects by collaborating in multiple aspects of quantitative data analysis which include data collection, data analysis and data linkage; as well as report writing. It is expected that the Fellow will provide data and analytical support to team members and will take on more complex tasks over the course of the fellowship. This is an opportunity for candidates with an economics, statistics, or data science background. This position also provides room for professional learning and growth, and it is expected that, after the fellowship concludes, Fellows would transition to graduate school or take on a Research Analyst position in government, business, or the non-profit sector. Throughout the fellowship program, the successful candidate will receive extensive training to develop the capabilities for undertaking rigorous analysis of policy relevant questions.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Developing computer programming skills in Stata, R, Python, and other related statistical software packages used for data development and quantitative analysis
- Preparing analysis ready data sets from large, longitudinal, unit-record surveys and/or administrative data
- Demonstrating good data analytics practices which include programming skills, routine code verification and rigorous documentation via comments and drafting of analytical memos
Who We Are Looking For
You should have experience working with data, writing computer programs, and using software packages like STATA, R, Python, and SAS. Demonstrated ability to assist with applied microeconomic research, develop further research expertise, and strong analytical skills are essential. An ability and willingness to collaborate for successful project outcomes, experience in writing research papers, and the potential to enhance research expertise are crucial. Moreover, you must demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as part of a research team.
You will also have:
- An honours/master’s degree in economics or a related sub-field. Similar qualifications in another quantitative social science (health services research, psychology) or statistics/data analytics/data science would also be considered
- High level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to relate effectively with a range of people across all levels of the organisation
- High level of proficiency in the use of standard application software such as the Microsoft Office suite
For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.
This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.
Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.
Your New Team – The Melbourne Institute
The Melbourne Institute is a research-only department within the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. It is Australia’s leading and longest standing research institute in the field of economics, undertaking cutting-edge research into key issues relevant to modern economic and social policy.
The Melbourne Institute has a core faculty of some 40 academics and academic specialists, a team of research staff that include expertise in data science and analytics, a team of professional/administrative staff that support the mission and operations of the department, honorary fellows and PhD students. Reflecting the standards of research excellence achieved at the Melbourne Institute, staff are expected to publish in internationally acclaimed peer reviewed journals and to lead the public debate on economic and social policy.
What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!
About the University of Melbourne
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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
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If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:
- Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
- The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)
^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen via email at Faculties-TA@unimelb.edu.au, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.
If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.
Applications close: 6 December 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)
Position Description: 0047188_Foundation Fellow_PD.pdf