Senior Research Associate in Actuarial Science

Kensington, Randwick , Australia
19 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Business School at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a leader in business education and research in the Asian region and one of the largest of its kind in the world. The School’s reputation is built on its outstanding staff, students and alumni and a cultural diversity which ensures an international focus.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is a multi-disciplinary research centre administered by the University of New South Wales with nodes at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University and 12 official partners drawn from industry, government and academe. Following the recent award of a major multi-year grant, the Centre is expected to expand over the next 12 months to encompass additional nodes and partners.

About the role

  • 110-117K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed term for two years
  • Full-time

CEPAR seeks to appoint a suitably qualified person to join a multi-disciplinary research team committed to transforming thinking about population ageing and establishing Australia as a world leader in the field.

The Senior Research Associate (Level B Academic) will perform research and collaborate with investigators on actuarial and financial aspects of mortality and health risk with applications to retirement policy under the supervision of Professor Michael Sherris. In particular, the research will involve development of longevity and health risk models and optimal design of health and aged care insurance products with applications to various public sector support policies for retirement incomes, such as alternative public debt instruments which may help immunize exposure to inflation and systematic longevity risk by insurers; the cost of public “tail-risk” cover and the potential benefits to retirement product pricing and marketing; and the impact of various tax and subsidy measures as incentives for retirement product purchase.

About the successful applicant

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in actuarial studies and have been exposed to actuarial science or quantitative risk modelling through either undergraduate, masters or industry experience. In addition, the successful candidate will have an outstanding research record in a field relevant to the project including longevity and health risk; have a high level of competency in computing modelling techniques and data analysis; and have excellent communication skills.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Michael Sherris, Chief Investigator and Project Leader


T: (61 2) 9385 2333

Applications close: 14 July 2017