Partially Remote (some attendance required)
The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct microeconometric research.
The ESRI, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Our role is to provide high-quality research evidence for policy. We have over 100 staff, including economists, sociologists and psychologists, in addition to support and technical staff. ESRI staff members are affiliated to Trinity College Dublin, providing opportunities for collaboration and interaction.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will undertake research using microeconometric datasets on a range of topics including economics of firms, telecommunications, and digital markets. Initial research topics are likely to include studies of digital inclusion and consumer demand for electronic communications services, as well as empirical research into issues such as climate and sustainability and cybersecurity. Datasets for analysis generally comprise administrative data from the government department or communications regulator, which fund research in the area. Postdoctoral Researchers at the ESRI are encouraged to develop their own research papers.
Publication of the findings in academic journals is prioritized, and we also disseminate our work through non-technical research bulletins, conference presentations and policy-related fora. Researchers at ESRI can avail of a personal conference travel budget to present their work internationally. An important aspect of this role is working collaboratively with ESRI colleagues, policymakers and regulatory officials. Engagement with policymakers and regulatory officials occurs several times per year via bilateral research workshop meetings.
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will have the following:
- A PhD in Economics or similar quantitative area (completed or nearing completion)
- Research experience in applied econometrics using microdata
- Capacity to undertake independent research on policy-relevant issues including developing relevant research questions
- Excellent writing skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to work successfully within a highly motivated team and on their own initiative
- Proven ability to deliver high quality output to tight deadlines
- Flexibility and capacity to contribute to other areas of ESRI research
- Proven experience in engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders
- Geographical and spatial mapping skills and experience e.g., use of Geographical Information Software such as QGIS, ArcGIS
- Interdisciplinary research experience
Terms & Application Procedure
The role is full-time (35 hours per week - standard working hours are 0930 - 1730, Monday – Friday; flexible working hours are supported). Appointments will be on a three-year, fixed-term contract basis and starting salary will be €44,584, which is the first point of the ESRI Administrative Officer (Higher) salary scale.
Applicants should note that staff have the option of working on a ‘blended’ basis with a minimum requirement of one day per week based in the ESRI office. This arrangement is running on a pilot basis. Full details will be provided at interview.
The ESRI is currently conducting selection processes via videoconference (MS Teams or Zoom).
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 14 April 2023. All applications will be acknowledged. The selection process will consist of a preliminary interview and, for candidates successful at that stage, a final interview, presentation and written assessment. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.
The ESRI is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to participate in the selection process. Please let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application.
ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay
Dublin 2 Ireland