Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Urban Economic Modeller, Centre of Policy Studies

Academic B, $108,747- $129,135 per annum, Academic C, $133,216 - $153,605 per annum (inclusive of 17% employer superannuation). This is a full time ( 36.75 hours per week) fixed term 1 year appointment with the expectation of ongoing annual renewal subject to satisfactory performance. 

  • Join a leading research institution
  • Work in a high performing and motivated team
  • Located at our City Flinders campus

About the Organisation

Victoria University aims to be a great university of the 21st century by being inclusive rather than exclusive.  We champion the student, not the institution.  As the university of opportunity and success, we will be open and excellent, creating exceptional value for any student from any background and uplifting the communities in which we operate. Victoria University has a distinctive dual-sector structure, supporting stronger education and career pathways.  The university aspires to deliver a learning and teaching experience that empowers a diversity of students to grow their capabilities and transform their lives for the better.

About the Role

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated researcher with strong quantitative skills to join the economic modelling team at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) at Victoria University. CoPS specialises in the development and application of large-scale computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. Its researchers are the creators of a number of high profile CGE models, and the CGE modelling software package, GEMPACK, used at more than 700 sites in over 95 countries. CoPS undertakes contract research studies for private and public sector agencies around the world. Recent studies have covered policy topics in such diverse areas as: tax, trade, macro policy, climate change, water policy, banking and finance, migration, major projects, microeconomic reform, transport, labour markets, urban policy, terrorism and natural disasters. Working under the broad direction of the Director of CoPS and other senior CoPS staff, the researcher will be required to undertake research in the development, parameterisation and application of large-scale urban economic models. 

About the Person
The position is suited to a researcher with strong quantitative skills and a background in urban, regional or transport economics or econometrics, or in related fields of allied disciplines (e.g. operations research). It will appeal to someone who values the importance of detailed quantitative economic analysis in informing decision making in transport and land use planning and policy. The position represents an excellent opportunity for a person with the necessary modelling skills to join and play a valued role in this highly regarded research centre and to contribute to a new and expanding area of CoPS’ economic research activities. 


Duties will include:

  • Undertaking economic research for diverse funding agencies, nationally and internationally
  • Undertaking development of large-scale economic models
  • Training others in the development and application of large scale economic models

Skills & Expertise

We seek applications from candidates with skills and expertise in at least one of the following areas. A full list of selection criteria is available in the Position Description

  • Urban economic modelling
  • Transport network modelling
  • Spatial econometrics


  • Salary sacrifice options
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements available

How to apply:

For a Position Description and to submit an application please visit our website

Applications must be submitted as a single document comprising;

  • A cover letter
  • Your CV
  • Your responses to the selection criteria listed in the Position Description

Please note:  Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Position Closes:  4.00 pm Wednesday 28 March 2018

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