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Urban Economic Modeller position at Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Melbourne

The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) seeks an Urban Economic Modeller, one of two positions currently available. Details follow, including a link to the position description and application portal.

Inquiries regarding this position should be sent to Dr. James Lennox (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For more information about CoPS please visit and

Urban Economic Modeller (Academic Level B/C), Centre of Policy Studies

Academic B, $108,747- $129,135 per annum, Academic C, $133,216 - $153,605 per annum (inclusive of 17% employer superannuation). This is a Full Time ( 36.75 hours per week) Fixed Term 1 year contract with the expectation of ongoing annual renewal subject to satisfactory performance.

•             Join a leading research institution

•             Work in a high performing and motivated team

•             Located at our City Flinders campus

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. Its researchers are the creators of a number of high profile CGE models, and the CGE modelling software package, GEMPACK, used at more than 700 sites in over 95 countries. CoPS undertakes contract research studies for private and public sector agencies around the world. Recent studies have covered policy topics in such diverse areas as: tax, trade, macro policy, climate change, water policy, banking and finance, migration, major projects, microeconomic reform, transport, labour markets, urban policy, terrorism and natural disasters. 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, parameterisation and application of large-scale urban economic models.

About the Person

The position is suited to a researcher with strong quantitative skills and a background in urban, regional or transport economics or econometrics, or in related fields of allied disciplines (e.g. operations research). It will appeal to someone who values the importance of detailed quantitative economic analysis in informing decision making in transport and land use planning and policy. 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 and to contribute to a new and expanding area of CoPS’ economic research activities.


An example of duties you may perform will include:

•             Undertake economic research for diverse funding agencies, nationally and internationally

•             Undertake development of large-scale economic models

•             Train others in the development and application of large scale economic models

Skills & Expertise

We seek applications from candidates with skills and expertise in at least one of the following areas. A full list of selection criteria is available in the Position Description

•             Urban economic modelling

•             Transport network modelling

•             Spatial econometrics

How to apply:

For a Position Description and to submit an application please visit our website

Applications MUST address the Selection Criteria contained in the Position Description.

Closing date: 28/03/2018

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