Researcher, Data Scientist/Data Analyst (Academic Specialist) job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parcville

Role Type: Full time; Continuous (Research Contingent)

Faculty: Faculty of Commerce and Economics

Department/School: Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research

Salary: Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 per year plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and honor the traditional owners of the lands on which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We recognize that the land on which we meet and learn was the site of centuries-old ceremonies, celebration, initiation and renewal, and that local Indigenous peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the lives of these lands.

About the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research

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

The Melbourne Institute has a core faculty of approximately 40 scholars and academic specialists, a research team that includes expertise in data science and analytics, a team of professional/administrative staff that support the mission and operations of the department, honorary fellows and doctoral students. students. Reflecting the standards of research excellence achieved at the Melbourne Institute, staff are expected to publish in internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals and lead public debate on economic and social policy.

The Melbourne Institute has an organizational structure that involves senior research staff (D and E level) supervising research teams and related personnel. Research staff are affiliated with one or more research programs that cover a range of areas of applied micro- and macro-economic analysis and policy. All research programs undertake academic and engaged research projects that result in a range of publications that include top peer-reviewed academic journals and place a high emphasis on policy briefs and research reports. Researchers can work on projects in different programs, in accordance with their research abilities and the requirements of their work.

About the role

The Researcher – Data Scientist/Data Analyst, works within the Melbourne Institute’s Data and Analytics team to provide research and data support to the Institute’s range of projects. This includes using state-of-the-art data science tools and techniques on large-scale economic and social data to support ongoing academic and/or contract research projects. This also includes supporting existing projects with data visualization skills to create engaging interactive data visualizations that can bridge the gap between a technical report and policy relevance. The successful candidate will also facilitate data governance activities within Melbourne Institute’s secure data enclave, the Melbourne Institute Data Lab, which has been built to support the national data sharing infrastructure. The researcher should also seek out research and engagement opportunities to present and publish work in their area of ​​expertise.

Responsibilities include:

  • Interact and collaborate with researchers and key stakeholders to establish research approaches and provide advice and support for research projects at the Melbourne Institute.
  • Support research activities through the development of technical tools, systems and programs that enhance the ability to extract information and insights from data.
  • Develop, transform, and analyze large-scale datasets using best practices in computer programming, data science, and statistical techniques.
  • Support quality assurance and data governance activities within the Melbourne Institute secure data enclave.

About you

You are an experienced data scientist/analyst with knowledge of current tools and methods used in data science and/or empirical research methods. You will have highly developed skills in all facets of large-scale datasets, such as data development, data preparation, applied data analysis, and data visualization. You should also have substantial experience in using various statistical software packages, such as STATA, R, and SAS, as well as other programming languages ​​such as SQL and Python for effective programming and data management. Ideally, you will also have experience with a range of social and economic data.

You will also have:

  • A PhD or equivalent experience in empirical methods, data science, statistics, or a closely related field that involves empirical analysis (e.g., PhD in economics).
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team to ensure project success.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

To ensure that the University continues to provide a safe environment for all, this position requires the incumbent to hold an up-to-date and valid working with children verification.

Please note: to be considered for this role, you must have valid Australian working rights.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

Benefits of working with us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and meet challenges, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our employees enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages, people with disabilities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, resume, and responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

^For information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

We are committed to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected]

Closing of applications: December 1, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Job description: 0057347_Research Fellow – Data Scientest-Analyst_PD.pdf

Sean N. Ayres