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

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

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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. CoPS’ 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. 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, 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, application and/or computation of large-scale economy-wide models.  

About the Person

The position will appeal to a researcher who has a strong background in applied economics or a relevant quantitative background in applied mathematics or computer science, and who values 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, or in areas of applied mathematics or computer science relevant to the solution of large-scale models.


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


•             Salary sacrifice options

•             Professional development opportunities

•             Flexible working arrangements available

•             Paid study leave

•             On-site gym, parking and more!

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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