Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Applied Econometrics and Applied Macroeconomics

University of Melbourne
February 23, 2024
Offerd Salary:$114,465 – $136,136
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Contract Type:Fixed-term for 2 yea
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Applied Econometrics and Applied


Job no: 0033069 Location: Parkville 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 B – $114,465 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role The research focused position involves both applied econometrics and applied macroeconomics, undertaking directed research on nowcasting and structural modelling as a member of a multi-institutional team.

Nowcasting is determining and understanding the current state of the economy. It is fundamental to macroeconomic policy making. The availability of new data and methods make it an exciting time to research nowcasting and there is the possibility of making a real policy impact.

The position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant “Nowcasting and Interpreting the Australian Economy” (DP230100959). The aim of this grant is to produce high- quality research papers developing novel nowcasting methodologies that will enable the timely interpretation of economic developments. Fiscal policy will be a particular area of focus. This work is intended to inform economic policy in Australia. The research team includes: Dr Tim Robinson, Professor Kalvinder Shields and Dr Yong Song (University of Melbourne), Professor Kevin Lee (University of Nottingham), Dr Luke Hartigan (University of Sydney), Mr David Stephan, Dr Khanh Hoang and Dr Zhuo Li (Australian Treasury).

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with the Chief and Partner Investigators to conduct the research outlined in the grant
  • Conducting academic/engaged research under the direction of a supervisor
  • Producing and disseminating working papers and presentations based on academic research
  • Who We Are Looking For You should have experience in at least two of the following areas: state- space modelling, factor models, Structural Vector AutoRegressions (SVARs), and Machine Learning algorithms like Recurrent Neural Networks. Additionally, you should possess knowledge of the relevant applied macroeconomic literature and the ability to apply it, including explaining economic motivations for identification strategies in SVAR. Furthermore, you must have knowledge of, and experience in, at least one of Matlab, R, Python, or similar. The ability to conduct independent research, take initiative, and assume responsibility for developing and completing research papers is crucial. You should also exhibit the ability and willingness to collaborate in teams for successful project outcomes, along with a track record in written communication skills.

    You will also have:

  • A PhD or near completion of a PhD in economics or related field that demonstrates expertise tied to the externally funded project;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and oral communications skills
  • An interest in policy-relevant research and the dissemination of that research to non- academic audiences
  • 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 – Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research https://

    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 50 academic researchers, 10 professional/administrative support staff, and several 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 outour benefits page!

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    Applications close: Day Month 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

    Position Description:

  • Advertised:
  • 08 Dec 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

  • Applications close:
  • 23 Feb 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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