Research Officer – Macroeconomic Modelling



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The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) wishes to make a 5-year, tenure-track appointment to join our macroeconomics 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 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.

Over many years, the ESRI has sought to develop an understanding of how the Irish economy behaves and how policy can be expected to affect its future development and macroeconomic modelling has been a central component of this. A new macro-econometric model of the Irish economy, COSMO, was developed and has been in use since 2016. COSMO provides a crucial understanding of how the economy works as a whole, makes a major contribution to the national research infrastructure and feeds into many other research areas in the ESRI. In recent years, COSMO has been used to: develop medium-term economic projections and policy analysis for the Irish economy; address some of the key challenges facing Ireland, including modelling the impact of various Brexit scenarios on the macro-economy.

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

Role Description

The ESRI is seeking to recruit a Research Officer to work as part of a team who develop and maintain the Institute’s macro model, COSMO. The role will initially focus on model development. This would include updating the macro-modelling database, estimation of the behavioural model equations, historical model evaluation, producing a forecast baseline and model testing. In general, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to relevant high-quality research papers which can be published in both international peer-reviewed journals and domestically oriented policy papers, with opportunities to disseminate research findings to stakeholders and at conferences. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in developing large-scale macroeconometric models and using such models for policy analysis purposes. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the development of new research projects and to other areas of Institute research, in line with skillset and funding opportunities.

The successful candidate will join a team of dedicated researchers and will be encouraged to develop as well as lead on their own research projects.  Multidisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from academic and national policy institutions is a feature of the research work. 

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in Economics;
  • Minimum 4 years postdoctoral or equivalent research experience;  
  • Advanced quantitative modelling skills;
  • Excellent technical, quantitative and analytical skills including proven ability to use up-to-date statistical and econometric techniques (e.g., Eviews, Stata, R or equivalent);
  • Relevant macroeconometric experience (e.g., time series analysis, structural econometric and general equilibrium models) including proven ability to manage data compilation and experience in the development of economic models;
  • Research interest and knowledge in one of the following areas: macroeconometric modelling, projections and scenario analysis;
  • Peer reviewed academic publications and policy reports; 
  • Excellent writing 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;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to present and communicate research findings to non-technical and technical audiences;
  • Project management and coordination skills - client management and the ability coordinate research activities within a team;
  • Experience in writing research grant proposals is desirable.

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.

Terms & Application Procedure

Appointment will be at Research Officer grade. A mapping of ESRI grades to the corresponding grades in the Irish University system is set out below. Appointments at Research Officer are normally made on five-year, fixed-term contracts. The successful candidate will be eligible for tenure, subject to assessment.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact for further information on the terms and conditions of this position. Our offices are based in Dublin 2. 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). The successful candidate will be based in our offices in Dublin 2. The appointee will also hold an adjunct position at Trinity College Dublin . Secondment arrangements may be considered for eligible candidates.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 14 May 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 and presentation. 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 videoconference (MS Teams) and the successful candidate will 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.


ESRI Grade                                University Grade               TCD Adjunct Titles

Research Officer                        College Lecturer             Adjunct Assistant Professor

Senior Research Officer              Senior Lecturer             Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Research Professor    Associate Professor      Adjunct Professor

Research Professor                     Professor                      Adjunct Professor

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