Research Support Officer

at University of Melbourne

Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research

Faculty of Business and Economics

Salary: $68,892 - $79,130 p.a plus 9.5 % superannuation

The Melbourne Institute is Australia's pre-eminent economic and social policy research institution. It undertakes high quality, independent and impartial applied research, and contributes to the development of public policy in Australia. The Institute provides high calibre research to government, business and community groups. A Research Support Officer is required to provide research support across various research grants and contracts held by the Melbourne Institute.

About the role

This role is required to works closely with the Senior Research Manager and is expected to undertake a variety of tasks to support researchers, but with most emphasis on the preparation and econometric / statistical analysis of longitudinal, unit-record data.

To be successful in the role you will be expected apply standard technical training and experience to solve problems and to exercise some judgement in providing research support, but will be given advice and direction in research methods and procedures. Individual problem-solving skills and the exercise of independent judgement are required in prioritising workloads, working to timelines/tight deadlines and coping with a variety of activities at once and exercising discretion in determining what matters require the direct attention of the senior researchers

About you

  • An undergraduate honours degree in economics or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and or education/training
  • Demonstrated ability to assist with applied microeconomic research and to develop further research expertise
  • Strong empirical and statistical skills
  • Experience with household panel surveys and using STATA and/ or SAS
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a research team
  • High level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to relate effectively with a range of people across all levels of the organisation
  • Demonstrated understanding of labour economics, household economics and/or social economics
  • Well-developed organisation and time management skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills with the ability to deliver creative solutions


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

† The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Close date: 21 June 2018

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