Research Fellow position available

We are hiring. Applications are now open for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Economics, at the Centre for Market Design.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Economics

The Centre for Market Design is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with interests in market design, mechanism design, industrial organization, and/or applied microeconomics along with other associated disciplines.

This full-time, fixed term position is classification Level B and is available for up to three years.

Position Description

Superannuation: Employer contribution of 17%

Working Hours: Full-time (1.0FTE)

Basis of Employment: Fixed-term position available for up to 3 years

Other benefits:

How to apply: Online applications are preferred. Apply via the American Economic Association website at

Contacts for enquiries only: Professor Steven Williams Tel +61 3 9035 4639 | Associate Professor David Byrne Tel +61 3 8344 3880 Email

Please do not send your application to these contacts.

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Position Summary

The Centre for Market Design (CMD) at the Department of Economics seeks to appoint one Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with interests in market design, mechanism design, industrial organization, and/or applied microeconomics along with other associated disciplines.

The objectives of the Centre are to: (i) undertake research in market design and its associated academic disciplines; (ii) support an innovative microeconomic policy agenda with the aim of solving significant social and economic problems through the design of policy mechanisms; (iii) build capability in theory and empirics pertaining to market design. Working collaboratively with a team of leading academics, researchers, and doctoral students, Post-Doctoral Fellows will conduct research in support of the agenda of the Centre along with developing their own research careers. Applications are sought from individuals with a variety of backgrounds and interests in market design and microeconomics, as the activities of the Centre span applied policy problems, field and lab experiments, data collection, econometric modelling, and data analysis, along with microeconomic theory.

Key Responsibilities

For Minimum Standards for Academic Staff Level B view

1.1 Research

* Collaborate with members of the Centre on its projects

* Present research at both domestic and international conferences

* Publish research in elite international journals

* Participate in departmental seminars and workshops

1.2 Leadership and Service

* Fulfil a range of administrative functions, the majority of which are connected with the research activities of the Centre

* Participate in the University Professional Development Framework

* Develop links with the profession and with other universities, both nationally and internationally, to support the agenda of the Centre

* Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) responsibilities as outlined in section 4

Selection Criteria

2.1 Essential

* Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent research higher degree in economics or a related field by the beginning of the appointment

* A demonstrated aptitude for research in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities

* The ability to undertake independent research with minimal supervision

* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

* Planning and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise multiple tasks and set and meet deadlines

* A high level of self-motivation and initiative, an ability to provide creative solutions to problems and an ability to be flexible in response to changing work priorities

2.2 Desirable

* At least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal

* Experience in obtaining competitive research funding, either individually or as part of a team

3. Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion

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The University values diversity because we recognise that the differences in our people’s age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability and background bring richness to our work environment. Consequently, the People Strategy sets out the strategic aim to drive diversity and inclusion across the University to create an environment where the compounding benefits of a diverse workforce are recognised as vital in our continuous desire to strive for excellence and reach the targets of Growing Esteem.

4. Occupational Health and Safety

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OHS responsibilities applicable to positions are published at:

These include general staff responsibilities and those additional responsibilities that apply for Managers and Supervisors and other Personnel.

Other Information

5.1 Organisation Unit

Centre for Market Design

The Centre for Market Design (CMD) is a research centre that produces leading, innovative economic research which focuses on delivering value to the community.

The Centre uses its research to build capability in market design, and collaborate with governments to solve significant social and economic problems.

Since its inception in 2012, the CMD has made exceptional progress across its core areas of operation; fundamental and applied microeconomic research, building economic capability, informing policy and engagement.

The Centre’s quality research output delivers to the brilliant, innovative and inspiring character which defines the University of Melbourne, and consistently appears in top tier academic journals.

The Centre is based within the Department of Economics at The University of Melbourne.

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* Trade and Development Research Unit

* Economic Theory Research Unit

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