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Research Economists


Research Economists


  • Produce empirical research to influence policy

  • Work with world class researchers

  • Flexible working conditions

The e61 Institute is seeking dynamic economists to shed light on the most important economic and social challenges facing Australia.

Based in Sydney with a world class research team and an eminent global network of academic fellows, e61 is Australia’s leading big data driven research institute. It was born from a motivation to bring together problem-solvers from academia, industry, and government to push the knowledge frontier.


e61 is currently investigating a range of policy relevant issues including the:

  • scarring effects of the COVID recession on young workers;

  • productivity growth in Australia: before and after the pandemic;

  • the distribution of income growth across households, and over the lifecycle.


Our agenda will soon expand to cover research areas such as: climate change and sustainability, economic opportunity, and firms’ management practices and expectations.


This is an ideal career opportunity for economist with 2+ years of experience looking to apply their research skills to large scale micro-data sets to influence the policy debate, the role is also open for those with finance, econometrics and data science backgrounds.


The role provides a unique opportunity to build your capability in applied economic research. You will work on a day-to-day basis with two of Australia’s leading economists – Dan Andrews and Gianni La Cava – who, between them, possess over 40 years of experience leading research in Australia (Federal Treasury and Reserve Bank of Australia) and abroad (OECD and BIS).


The e61 Institute also provides a unique platform to build your public profile as our economists will have a public voice to share the key findings of our research and influence the policy debate.


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.


The ideal candidate should have

  • Completed an honours degree (or equivalent) in economics, econometrics and finance (or related fields)

  • Minimum two years’ work experience in public policy, industry or academia.


Applicants that combine a bachelor’s degree with more extensive work experience – especially in a data-driven role – will also be considered.


We are particularly interested in candidates that possess experience in applied microdata research. This implies an ability to use a programming language (e.g. STATA, R).

  • Experience in other programming languages (e.g. Matlab, Julia, C, Python) is advantageous but is not essential.

  • Outstanding candidates with experience in econometric analysis of sectoral/aggregate level data will be considered if they are committed to building competency in applied microdata analysis.


Strong communication skills are essential.


Successful applicants will be expected to share empirical findings via high quality technical research papers and non-technical briefs (e.g. op-eds, presentations, media).


Beyond this, you will work as part of a team to further the aims of the Institute, and:

  • Mentor staff and help build the talent pool of empirical researchers in Australia.

  • Promote a vibrant, collaborative and inclusive workplace culture.


All applicants will be asked to demonstrate their right to work in Australia.


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

  • Two writing samples of: i) Published academic or technical research; and ii) Non-technical writing for a non-academic audience.

  • Copy of your Australian passport or birthday certificate/  current visa details.

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