Tamas Wells
Mar 29, 2018 · 3 min read

We have three new job opportunities at The Policy Lab.

Research Coordinator at The Policy Lab

In collaboration with the Director, the appointee will assist in developing and coordinating the research initiatives of The Policy Lab (TPL) at The University of Melbourne — a research unit of the Faculty of Arts. The aim of TPL is to address questions about:

  1. What shapes policy decisions?
  2. How do policy systems and processes operate?
  3. What works in policy design?

The appointee will have the opportunity and mentorship to build his/her own research profile as part of this position. In addition to establishing his or her own research in this area, and working in collaboration with members of TPL and others, the appointee will collaborate on individual and team publications and be involved fully in the life of the research unit. The Research Coordinator will also support the Director in building research capacity and research partnerships, by implementing TPL’s research plan for new projects, facilitating the management and development of new industry partners, and identifying and linking with relevant policy labs and research units in other Australian and international universities. The appointee will also support the Director to oversee the administrative, budgetary, and compliance issues in existing and prospective grants.

More information http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/mob/caw/en/job/894429/the-policy-lab-research-coordinator

Postdoctoral research fellow

This position will work on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant funded titled ‘Understanding political debate and policy decisions using big data’. The project will empirically test a novel framework for analysing the relationships between political debates and policy decisions in three different case study areas, over at least the last 20 years. The role will involve theoretical work on conceptualising political debate and empirical work that uses large digital sources from numerous sources to test the framework. The team consists of five chief investigators located in political science and computer science.

The successful candidate will be able to exercise initiative in the research process, and have the ability to identify and research complex political issues drawing on relevant concepts and theories. The candidate will be also able to, with direction and support from the research project team, identify and locate a range of large data sets related to the three case studies — fiscal austerity, antimicrobial resistance, and equal marriage. The candidate should also be capable of working with computer science colleagues in locating data sources and iteratively working with the team on refining appropriate analytical tasks. The roles encompass undertaking background research analysis, assisting in the location and production of empirical data, writing of research papers, and producing high quality collaborative research.

More information http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/mob/caw/en/job/894428/arc-postdoctoral-research-fellow

Research assistant NOTE: THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED

New research assistant position in chancellery at The University of Melbourne working with Provost Mark Considine, who is also a member of The Policy Lab.

The Research Assistant will conduct original research under supervision with particular focus on Australian education and social policy, supporting the Provost’s publication commitments and academic presentations.

In this role, your responsibilities will include conducting research, identifying and attracting research funding, fostering strategic partnerships with external bodies and contributing to the production of regular reports, conference and seminar papers and publications from that research.

This exciting part-time (0.5 FTE) position is available for 11 months. Applications close 9 April 2018.

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The Policy Lab

The Policy Lab at the University of Melbourne explores big questions about public policy decision making, policy design, and how we know what’s working. We work in partnerships with governments and other organisations in Australia and internationally.

Tamas Wells

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University of Melbourne

The Policy Lab

The Policy Lab at the University of Melbourne explores big questions about public policy decision making, policy design, and how we know what’s working. We work in partnerships with governments and other organisations in Australia and internationally.

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