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The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, to join the Electronic Communications Research Programme (ECRP) which carries out economic and social research related to the telecommunications sector and digital services.
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 Electronic Communications Research Programme (ECRP) at the ESRI
This research programme was established in 2010, and a new programme of research is planned for 2023-2025. The research will undertake projects in four areas:
2. Climate and sustainability
3. Consumer experience issues
The programme is undertaken in collaboration with Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).
For further information on the research programme, please consult: https://www.esri.ie/current-research/programme-of-research-in-communications.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be a new addition to the ECRP team at the ESRI, extending the Institute’s capacity to do research on the economics of digital markets and platforms. A new three-year joint programme is being prepared with DECC and ComReg, providing funding, access to unique data and opportunities for collaboration with policymakers and regulators. 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 issues in the sector and well as cybersecurity. The Post-doctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to advise our partners on future data collection to support research, policy and regulatory goals.
There will also be opportunities to contribute to the development of new research projects and to other areas of Institute’s research, depending upon the candidate’s skills and on availability of funding.
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. An important aspect of this role is working collaboratively with economists, policymakers and regulatory officials in DECC and ComReg.
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will have the following:
- A PhD in Economics (completed or nearing completion)
- Research experience in applied econometrics using microdata
- Willingness to work on research questions involving telecommunications policy/regulation and socioeconomic effects of broadband and mobile telephony infrastructure
- 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.
- Experience in consumer demand modelling
- Experience in the economics of network industries
- 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 10 February 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.
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Dublin 2 Ireland