Research Fellow (Hilda Survey)

Posted to IASSIST on: 2012-06-22

Employer: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

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The Melbourne Institute is a research-only department within the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. It is Australia’s leading and longest standing research institute in the field of economics, undertaking cutting-edge research into key issues relevant to modern economic and social policy.

The Research Fellow will work closely with senior Melbourne Institute staff within the HILDA Survey research team, providing leadership and fostering excellence in research. He/she will be an accomplished researcher in the field of applied microeconomics. The position would suit someone who has completed their PhD and already has some research experience evidenced by publication in peer reviewed journals. Previous experience in contract research is also an advantage.

He/she will be expected to contribute to the research effort of the Melbourne Institute as a whole, so an ability to work in teams is essential. The post holder would also be expected to make original and pro-active contributions to the research program and be willing to undertake a mix of academic research and policy-driven research and consultancies.

Specific duties include:

•  Development of a research agenda in the broad area of household and family economics built around the analysis of HILDA Survey, and other panel survey, data, with a view to publication in high quality international journals.

•  Collaboration with other research staff in the HILDA team with a view to supporting and producing high quality academic research output.

•  Leading role in the preparation of the annual HILDA Survey Statistical Report.


  1. A PhD in economics or near completion of such a PhD or appropriate equivalent qualifications.
  2. Expertise in statistical analysis of survey data, and especially panel data
  3. Expertise in use of statistical and econometric software (such as STATA)
  4. Research interests in applied microeconomics
  5. An ability to conduct independent research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research papers.
  6. 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.
  7. Desire to pursue a research career in one or more the following areas: (i) income inequality and mobility; (ii) employment and working time dynamics; (iii) economic and subjective well-being; and (iv) household / family economics.


  1. An existing track record of publication in relevant academic journals.

Archived on: 2012-07-31