Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Macroeconomics



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The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) wishes to make a 3-year appointment to join our macroeconomics economics research team.  The post also entails an adjunct position at Trinity College Dublin.

The Institute

The ESRI, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Our 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.

Macroeconomics at the ESRI

The macroeconomic research team undertakes research on a wide range of macroeconomic issues at both Irish and European levels, the results of which are disseminated to both policy and academic audiences.  The team is active across a range of areas including: macroeconomic policy, forecasting and scenario analysis, the public finances, the labour market, the housing market and the financial sector.

Academic collaborations are an important dimension of research and we also enjoy strong collaboration and engagement with industry stakeholders.

Role Description

The successful candidate will be centrally involved in the development of a macroeconomic model of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in London. This new model will be linked using NIESR’s global model NiGEM to existing models of Ireland (COSMO), the UK and the global economy. In this way, the goal is to create an all-island model and a set of globally integrated models. The successful candidate will have opportunities to disseminate their research findings to stakeholders and at conferences, while publication in leading international, peer-reviewed journals is expected.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

Successful candidates will have a PhD (completed or nearing completion) in Economics and ideally will have their work published in leading international, peer-reviewed journals. Candidates with the following skills are encouraged to apply:

  • Advanced quantitative modelling skills
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills including proven ability to use up-to-date statistical and econometric techniques (e.g. Eviews, R or equivalent);
  • Relevant macroeconometric experience (e.g. structural econometric models, general equilibrium models) including proven ability to manage data sources and data compilation;
  • Research interest and knowledge in one of the following areas: macroeconometric modelling, projections and scenario analysis;
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to present and communicate research findings to non-technical and technical audiences;
  • Careful attention to detail while maintaining the drive to meet tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in teams and on their own initiative
  • Ability to present and communicate research findings to non-technical and technical audiences;
  • Interest in policy related research, particularly in the area of macroeconomics.

The successful candidate should have experience in independently developing their research work and have the flexibility and capacity to contribute to other areas of ESRI research. Experience of engaging with research/policy stakeholders is desirable.

Terms & 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; flexible working hours are supported). Appointments will be on a three-year, fixed-term contract basis and starting salary will be €41,876, which is the first point of the postdoctoral researcher salary scale. The successful candidate will be based in our offices in Dublin 2. The appointee will hold an adjunct position at Trinity College Dublin.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 25 June 2021. 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. The ESRI are 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 may be expected to work remotely in Republic of Ireland for a temporary period until the office reopens. 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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