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Principal Research Fellow / Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Business and Economics

Melbourne, Australia
$169,094 – $217,805 p.a
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

Job Details

Job no: 0015659
Salary: Level E Professor - $217,805 p.a
            Level D $169,094 – $186,288 p.a
Superannuation: Employer Contribution of 17%
Working Hours: Full time 1.0 FTE
Basis of Employment: Continuing 


The Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research is Australia’s leading applied economics and social policy research institute.  It has a longstanding history of rigorous study and analysis of economic and social issues affecting broader society. Areas of research include labour markets and employment, family economics, social disadvantage, health economics and markets, education and child development, macroeconomics, and public economics.

The Principal Research Fellow or Professorial Fellow will be a key member of the leadership team of the Melbourne Institute.  You will be expected to provide academic and administrative leadership within the research projects to which you are assigned. You will develop and pursue a research agenda in the area of applied economics, collaborate with members of the Melbourne Institute, prepare academic papers for presentation at major international conferences and submission to leading academic journals.

You will be expected to engage with practitioners, policy analysts, and policy makers on topics related to the research undertaken by you and your staff.

About you

You will have an exceptional record of academic publications, conference papers, reports and/or professional and/or technical contributions, a recognised scholar, as evidenced by a strong publication record, invitations to present your research at national and international conferences, with the capacity to attract substantial independent research funding.

You will possess;

  • A PhD or equivalent in economics or related discipline
  • Academic excellence, expertise and outstanding contribution to research in applied economics
  • Exceptional record of academic publications, conference papers, reports and/or professional and/or technical contributions
  • A strong track record of obtaining research funds
  • Demonstrated research leadership and management skills

For further selection criteria refer to the attached PD brochure.

About 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.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application via

Position Description:  0015659_Principal_Research_Professorial Fellow UPDATED.pdf

Applications close: 20 Dec 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


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.

For more information please visit:

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

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