Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics

Boroondara, Australia
30 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community
  • Academic Level B, $91,849 – $108,961 + 17% super
  • Full-time, 3 years, Hawthorn location

About Swinburne 

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives. 

About the job

We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral research fellow to work with us on our research on the economics of innovation and science within the Centre of Transformative Innovation for a period of 3 years. The fellow will work as part of a team of applied economists (Alfons Palangkaraya, Elizabeth Webster and Russell Thomson) on a range of research projects including investigating the relationship between firm innovation and performance and the role of the government.

There will be considerable scope to pursue own research interests and research output is anticipated to be published in top international peer reviewed journals. The team publish in RAND journal of economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Strategic Management Journal and others.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A PhD in Economics with specialisation in micro econometrics or international trade
  • A demonstrated high degree of organisational and administrative skill to manage complex research projects including the ability to design and conduct research within a team environment
  • A demonstrated research expertise in international economics, and/or economics of science and innovation and skills and experience in applied econometrics and data analysis using common software such as Stata and R

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


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How to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check. 

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Beth Webster on +61 3 92144620. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5 pm, Friday 17th December 2017