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Blueprint Institute is looking for an early to mid-career professional with 2+ years experience to join our team as an Economist.

The ideal candidate will have strong economics training (at the Honours or Masters level), experience in economics or public policy, and a demonstrated commitment to policy outcomes. Professional experience working in a policy setting (e.g., a policy research institute, the public service, or consulting to the public sector) is a must. For example, we could envisage hiring a high performer who has worked at Treasury for a couple of years, and is keen for a change of scenery. But many alternative paths could yield a suitable candidate.

In addition to the minimum requirements of strong training, aptitude, and experience, we are particularly interested in candidates with the following attributes, which are critical to our identity:

  1. policy vision;
  2. creativity; and
  3. attention to detail.

The successful applicant will work with Blueprint Institute’s CEO, Chief Economist, Director of Research & Operations, and talented research team to shake up the analysis and development of public policy in Australia. As a new think tank, we have a growing set of research interests, with the successful applicant playing a central role in shaping our future agenda. In 2021, our work will focus on:

  • climate and energy policy;
  • early learning reform; and
  • tax and fiscal reform.

Benefits of this role

Blueprint Institute is a fast-paced and welcoming environment. Every piece of research is approached with rigour and creativity. We question our assumptions and seek novel perspectives on complex policy questions. The small nature of our team means that a successful candidate will work directly alongside senior leadership in shaping the Institute’s research agenda.

Our Chief Economist is also an Assistant Professor of Economics, normally based in the US, with connections to international academia and policy research. Working closely with our Chief Economist would be of great benefit to someone considering pursuing further graduate studies in economics. The Institute also has plans to pursue rigorous economic research as part of its future work program.

Blueprint Institute’s research team is based in Sydney and Brisbane. We encourage flexible working arrangements, and largely work from home, though this may change in the future. We are open to discussing location and work hours. Office-based work may be possible.

About Blueprint Institute

High-quality policy research is at the heart of everything we do. However, we are also a start-up—we aim to disrupt the think tank landscape in Australia by providing novel insights to Ministers, MPs, and thought leaders.

As a new think tank, we value curiosity, integrity, and diligence over formal qualifications or ‘signalled’ experience. If you are excited about improving public policy and Australian society, but have an unconventional work experience or educational background, please do get in touch.

Compensation and working hours

Compensation will be in the range of $85-120k per annum. Compensation will be finalised based on the experience and skills of the successful candidate. We are happy to consider part-time or flexible working arrangements.

How to apply

Please send applications to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Economist: YOUR NAME’.

Applications should include the following (in PDF format).

  • A two-page CV. 
  • Academic transcript(s).
  • A one-page cover letter that answers the following:
    • Why are you applying to Blueprint Institute?
    • What would you bring to Blueprint Institute?
  • A writing sample that best demonstrates your writing ability.
  • Contact details of two recent referees.

We encourage applicants to browse Blueprint Institute’s website for further information about our values and to see our recent work. Applicants do not have to agree with everything we stand for. Critical, independent thinkers are welcome at Blueprint Institute.

Blueprint Institute is an equal opportunity employer and applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Daniel D’Hotman, Director of Research & Operations at Blueprint Institute. Daniel’s email is: [email protected]

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