Job Opportunity: Research Economist


The Centre for Future Work invites applications for an economist to join our research team in labour market research and policy analysis. The position may be at a junior or senior level, and the successful candidate may work from our offices in either Sydney or Canberra.

The successful candidate will offer:

  • A graduate degree in economics or a closely related discipline.
  • Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of labour issues, preferably including: labour market statistics and trends; characteristics and determinants of employment; industrial relations and collective bargaining; wage determination and inequality; gender, racial, and demographic aspects of labour markets; the impact of technology on employment; macroeconomic policy and labour markets; and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to write to deadline for professional and popular audiences in a credible, succinct, and accessible manner.
  • Strong quantitative skills, including ability to access statistical data, analyse it (including familiarity with statistical tools), and report it in a variety of textual, tabular and graphical formats.
  • Confident communication skills, including ability to speak to public audiences, classrooms, and the media.
  • Ability to work collegially with other members of a research team.
  • Commitment to a progressive vision of work and fairness, including the goals of equality, participation, collective representation and trade unionism.

Responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Research and completion of several project-length research papers, briefing notes, and shorter commentary articles per year on a range of topics related to labour markets and labour market policy.
  • Ongoing monitoring and analysis of labour market data and information.
  • Helping to maintain relevant websites and databases.
  • Public speaking, presentations, lectures and courses, media interviews, and related communication and educational activities.
  • Minimal office and administrative functions.

Ability to undertake occasional out-of-town travel (including overnight travel) is essential, as is ability to successfully work in a self-managed and autonomous manner.

The position will be offered on a one-year term-limited basis, with possibility for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications are especially invited from women, indigenous persons, other racial and linguistic communities, people with disabilities, and other marginalised communities.

Please forward applications (including contact information, qualifications, experience, two samples of written work, and names and contact details for two references) in confidence to Please cite “Economist Job Application” in the subject field of your message; supporting documents should be attached in pdf format. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by e-mail. Only candidates selected for an interview will then be contacted; no phone calls please.

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm AEDT on Wednesday 9 October, and interviews will be conducted in Sydney on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

The Centre for Future Work is an initiative of the Australia Institute, Australia’s leading progressive research institution. Thank you for your interest in the Centre for Future Work.

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