Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics (Taxation, Welfare and Pensions)

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The ESRI is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a three-year, fixed-term contract for research in the area of Taxation, Welfare and Pensions.

The role is full-time (37 hours per week - standard working hours are 09.00-17.30, Monday – Thursday and 09.00-17.00, Friday). Appointment(s) will be on a three-year fixed-term contract basis and starting salary will be in the range €41,055 - €45,502. The successful candidate(s) will be based in offices in Dublin 2. 

The Institute

The Economic and Social Research Institute, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Its mission is to produce high quality research, relevant to Ireland’s economic and social development, with the aim of contributing to knowledge and informing policymaking and public debate. It has over 100 staff including economists, sociologists, psychologists, social scientists, support and technical staff.

The results of the Institute’s research, and the policy implications that flow from it, have been the subject of a huge range of publications by ESRI staff over the last six decades. All research projects undertaken by the ESRI have a significant public good element and results are published without restriction.

Social Research

The successful candidate will join the Social Research Division of the ESRI, which consists of a multi-disciplinary team of sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, psychologists, health service researchers and statisticians, working in the areas of social inclusion and equality; health and quality of life; behavioural economics; education; and taxation, welfare and pensions. The Institute has excellent facilities and a supportive atmosphere, with a particular emphasis on team-based research.  All research has a strong empirical focus, and hence strong quantitative research skills (including the use of advanced statistical methods) are essential. 

The institute aims to inform Irish social policy but also has a strong record of collaborative research with other European institutions and encourages comparative projects.  ESRI staff members are affiliated to Trinity College Dublin, providing opportunities for collaboration and interaction.

Role Description

The ESRI is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a three-year, fixed-term contract for research in the area of Taxation, Welfare and Pensions.

The successful candidate will work as part of the team working on research topics in this area and developing and using the ESRI tax-benefit microsimulation model, SWITCH. The model is used to explore the likely impact of tax and welfare policy options on the distribution of income and on financial incentives to work. The team also works on the Irish component of the European microsimulation model, EUROMOD. Current research in the area can be viewed here.

The appointee will be involved as a key team member in several stages of this research, including:

  • Analysis of microdata covering issues of interest in the taxation, welfare and pensions area
  • Maintaining and developing SWITCH and EUROMOD
  • Applying these models to current policy issues
  • Writing up of analysis for articles and reports
  • Co-presenting research at conferences.

The appointee will receive dedicated supervision and appropriate additional training, such as media training, research methods training, time management and presentation skills. Research outputs are published in a range of outlets including journal articles, the Institute’s own internally refereed publications, and book chapters. In addition the appointee is encouraged to present at seminars and conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in Economics or close to completion - preferably with a focus on Labour Economics or Social Policy;
  • Strong quantitative skills including a proven ability to use up-to-date statistical and econometric techniques;
  • Experience of microsimulation methods would be an advantage;
  • Research interest and knowledge in the area of labour economics, public economics and/or social policy;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Proven ability to work successfully under tight deadlines;
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Application Procedure

The role is full-time (37 hours per week - standard working hours are 09.00-17.30, Monday – Thursday and 09.00-17.00, Friday). Appointment(s) will be on a three-year fixed-term contract basis and starting salary will be in the range €41,055 - €45,502. The successful candidate(s) will be based in offices in Dublin 2. 

To apply for this position please click on the link below to apply through our website. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm 7th October 2020. The ESRI is following Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and its offices are currently closed. Therefore, each stage of the selection process is likely to be held via video-conference (MS Teams) and the successful candidate will be expected to work remotely for a temporary period.

A panel of appointable candidates will be established and a second appointment may be made in the coming months.

All applications will be acknowledged. 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.

 

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