Research Manager

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

  • Demonstrate leadership skills by managing a dynamic team of researchers

  • Develop your public profile by producing high-quality research papers and non-technical articles

  • Contribute to a positive and inclusive workplace culture and enjoy flexible working conditions

The e61 Institute is seeking a research manager with a background in applied micro data research. We are looking for someone that can manage a team of researchers and contribute to the delivery of key policy research programs that address Australia’s most pressing economic and social challenges.

e61 aims to bring together problem-solvers from academia, industry and government to produce high-quality and policy-relevant research. We combine 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 have the opportunity to:

  • Influence the policy debate by working on big economic and social challenges facing Australia using innovative household-level and firm-level datasets

  • Demonstrate leadership by managing a dynamic team of researchers

  • Develop research and communication skills by publishing and presenting high-quality research papers and non-technical articles

  • Build your research profile by publishing high-quality research papers and non-technical articles to influence Australia’s policy debate

  • Work closely with world-class researchers through the senior research fellow program and build networks with policymakers, academics and journalists

  • Work flexibly in an organisation that invests in a positive and inclusive workplace culture

This is an ideal career opportunity for an economist with 5+ years of experience with a background in applied microdata research.

An attractive remuneration package is available to secure the right candidate and e61 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 have:

  • Minimum five years’ work experience, including in applied microeconomic data research, in Australia or abroad. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in research areas such as: household finance, labour markets, health, productivity, education and/or disadvantage

  • Completed an honours degree (or equivalent) or above in economics, econometrics, data science or a related field. Postgraduate training is preferred but not essential, particularly if you have a proven research track record

Successful applicants will be expected to produce high-quality research, lead research teams and work with the leadership group to develop the e61 research program. This will require the successful candidate to:

  • Manage researchers, delegate effectively and provide constructive feedback

  • Produce high-quality economic research and provide advice to stakeholders

  • Communicate complex analysis in non-technical terms and produce clear recommendations

  • Develop the skills of staff and help to recruit and build the talent pool of applied micro data researchers in Australia

  • Promote a vibrant, collaborative, and inclusive workplace culture

Application process

Your 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 of: i) Non-technical writing for a non-academic audience; and ii) Academic or technical research.

  • 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