Ronald Henderson Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

at University of Melbourne

Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research

Faculty of Business and Economics


Level B $ 98,775 - $117,290 p.a Level C $120,993 - $139,510 p.a.

Plus 17% superannuation

Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience.

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. The University of Melbourne is ranked number one in Australia, and the city of Melbourne is consistently ranked by the Economist as the most liveable city in the world.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is an independent non-governmental organisation with strong Anglican and community links and a proud history of high-quality social policy research and advocacy. It is defined by the people that make up the organisation. With over 900 employees and 900 volunteers across more than 50 sites, the BSL strives to help people experiencing disadvantage.

The successful applicant will be co-located at the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne and the BSL. Overall supervision and management is co-directed by the General Manager of the BSL Research and Policy Centre and the Director of the Labour Economics and Social Policy Research Program at the Melbourne Institute who negotiate the responsibilities of the position with the appointee, at particular projects level.

About the role

This role is required to work on various projects of the Melbourne Institute within the Labour Economics and Social Policy Research Program as well as on projects relevant to the BSL agenda. Where possible the research ought to reflect the interests of both organisations and should be developed by the Melbourne Institute in conjunction with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The Melbourne Institute maintains a collegial and co-operative culture that expects academic excellence as well the development of policy-relevant research activities that may lead to better policies and practices.

The position is available now and the successful candidate will be expected to start before January 2019. This position is a three-year fixed term position with the possibility of renewal and promotion conditional on performance of the candidate and funding.

About you

  • Statistical and applied economic expertise in the quantitative analysis of micro data (including panel data).
  • An ability to conduct independent economic research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research papers.
  • A strong interest in the operation of labour markets and in social policy issues - especially poverty, inequality and social welfare.
  • A track record in research and writing and the potential to develop further research expertise through various projects.
  • An ability to work as part of a research team, and work with other members of staff to meet the aims and deadlines of a project.
  • An interest and ability to support the media and lobbying work of the BSL based on research results.
  • To be considered for a Senior Research Fellow (Level C) position, applicants should have three to six years of experience in an academic environment, have a strong track record of publication in high quality journals, and show evidence of their ability to engage with policy makers and engage in public debate.


  • 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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Close date: 1 Jul 2018

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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