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Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow - Economic Modeller, Centre of Policy Studies

Academic B $111,194 - $132,043 per annum, Academic C $136,213 - $157,060 per annum(inclusive of 17% employer superannuation). This is a full time (36.75 hours per week) fixed term 1 year appointment with the expectation of ongoing renewal subject to satisfactory performance.

  • Join a world-leading research institution
  • Work in a high performing and motivated team
  • Located at our City Flinders campus

About the Organisation

Victoria University aims to be a great university of the 21st century by being inclusive rather than exclusive.  We champion the student, not the institution.  As the university of opportunity and success, we will be open and excellent, creating exceptional value for any student from any background and uplifting the communities in which we operate. Victoria University has a distinctive dual-sector structure, supporting stronger education and career pathways.  The university aspires to deliver a learning and teaching experience that empowers a diversity of students to grow their capabilities and transform their lives for the better.

About the Role

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated researcher with strong quantitative skills to join the economic modelling team at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) at Victoria University. CoPS specialises in the development and application of large-scale computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. CoPS’ staff are the creators of a number of high profile CGE models, and the CGE modelling software package, GEMPACK, used in over 95 countries. Each year, CoPS undertakes contract research studies for private and public sector agencies around the world. Recent CoPS studies have covered a wide range of policy topics in such diverse areas as: tax, trade, macro policy, climate change, water policy, banking and finance, migration, major projects, microeconomic reform, transport, and labour markets. Working under the broad direction of the Director of CoPS and other senior CoPS staff, the researcher will be required to undertake research in the development, application and/or computation of large-scale economy-wide models.  

About the Person

You will have a strong background in applied economics or a relevant quantitative background in applied mathematics or computer science, and value the importance of detailed quantitative analysis in informing evidence-based decision making in economics. The position represents an excellent opportunity for a person with the necessary modelling skills to join and play a valued role in this highly regarded research centre. Familiarity with computable general equilibrium modelling is desirable, but we would also welcome inquiries from candidates with skills in either a related area of economy-wide modelling, such as DSGE or macro econometrics, areas of applied mathematics or computer science relevant to the solution of large-scale models, or large-scale economic modelling of urban, regional or transport systems.


Duties will include:

  • Undertaking economic research for diverse funding agencies, nationally and internationally
  • Undertaking development of large-scale economic models
  • Training others in the development and application of large scale economic models

Skills & Expertise

A full list of selection criteria is available in the Position Description


  • Salary sacrifice options
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • On-site gym and more!

How to apply

For a Position Description and to submit an application please visit our website www.vu.edu.au/jobs

Applications must be submitted as ONE PDF document comprising;

  • A cover letter
  • Your CV
  • Your responses to the selection criteria listed in the Position Description


Please note:  Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications close 4.00pm Wednesday 23 September 2020

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