Pre-doctorate Program

The e61 Institute is passionate about developing Australia’s talent pool in the field of economics and econometrics. We welcome applications from candidates that are intellectually curious and have an outstanding track record, who want to develop their research skills while working on the most interesting economic challenges in the private and public sectors.


  • Influence the policy debate by working on the big economic and social challenges facing Australia
  • Develop research and communication skills through writing high-quality research papers and articles for non-technical audiences
  • Contribute to a positive and inclusive workplace culture and enjoy flexible working conditions
  • Build your public profile through high-quality research papers, journal articles, research notes and opinion editorials

The e61 Institute is seeking dynamic economists to shed light on the most important economic and social challenges facing Australia. We are looking for people that are passionate about combining innovative micro-level datasets with modern policy evaluation tools to answer important policy questions. 

e61 is currently investigating a range of policy relevant research topics, including: 

  • The effect of the COVID-19 income support policies on household labour supply and spending decisions
  • Productivity growth in Australia: before and after the pandemic
  • The state of competition and market power in Australia

e61 is based in Sydney and Canberra with a world-class research team and an eminent global network of academic fellows

What this role offers you 

At e61 you can: 

  • Influence the policy debate by working on big economic and social challenges facing Australia using innovative household-level and firm-level datasets
  • Develop research and communication skills by publishing and presenting high-quality research papers and non-technical articles
  • Work flexibly in an organisation that invests in a positive and inclusive workplace culture

Our unique 2-year pre-doctorate analyst program offers training and experience in both academic and policy research. Successful candidates should have an interest in applying to graduate school in Economics or related disciplines at the end of the program. The role is open to those with a background in economics, finance, econometrics and/or data science. An attractive remuneration package is available to secure the right candidate and the Institute offers a range of career development opportunities. The e61 Institute is committed to flexible work, and we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant. 

What we are looking for 

The ideal candidate should be in the process of completing an honours degree (or equivalent) in economics, econometrics, or finance (or related fields) and be able to commit to the pre-doc program for a minimum period of two years.

We are particularly interested in candidates that have experience in or a passion for applied microdata research. This typically implies an ability to use a programming language such as STATA or R. Experience in other programming languages is advantageous but not essential.  

Strong communication skills are important. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to share empirical findings through presentations, high-quality research papers and non-technical articles. 

Beyond this, you will work as part of a team to further the aims of the Institute, and promote a vibrant, collaborative, and inclusive workplace culture. 

Application process 

Your initial application should include: 

  • 1 page cover letter outlining your motivation for applying and how your skills can improve the evidence base for public policy in Australia
  • Short resume (maximum of 2 pages)
  • University transcripts
  • A writing sample, such as a Honours thesis or university essay, and if available, an example of non-technical writing for a non-academic audience.
  • Confirmation of your right to work in Australia

Please note: we will provide a receipt of application notification by email but, due to the volume of applicants, will only contact you if you proceed to the formal interview process.