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Economic Modeller


Location: Brisbane

Job Type: Full time


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The Opportunity

  • Bring your expertise in economic modelling and analysis to a portfolio of projects
  • Exciting on-going role with great career development on offer
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – and create valuable impact!

Are you experienced in economic modelling and analysis? CSIRO Environment BU currently has an exciting opportunity for a motivated Economic Modeller to join our dynamic team in an ongoing role!

In this multi-faceted role, you will be part of our ‘Integrated Environmental and Economic Modelling’ (IEEM) Team, that focuses on addressing key sustainability challenges by developing and using integrated environmental-economic tools, and analysing the interplay between sustainability and the economy to inform effective decision-making.

You will ideally bring your well-developed domain expertise and diverse experience in research & industry, to create & maintain effective partnerships with industry, government, and community to develop knowledge products, metrics, data, and analysis that help facilitate a transition to a net zero emissions economy in Australia. You will play a key role in a range of projects at the regional, state, and national levels, and the various project topics would include emissions, climate change, energy & food security, urbanisation, waste management, land use, and more! Therefore, your knowledge of integrated environmental-economic conceptual frameworks and methods, and your ability to act as a trusted advisor would be crucial for this role and the team.

If you have a keen interest in this field and applying them to real-world contexts, this ongoing role would be an exciting opportunity for you to collaborate with other research & industry professionals to further develop your skills and experience! CSIRO champions in providing a diverse and inclusive culture, supports flexible work arrangements, and offers you excellent professional development opportunities to grow your career.

Your duties will include:

  • Providing specialist technical skills and knowledge in economics & economic modelling and methods & approaches for applying input-output tables, national accounts, detailed household surveys, and energy and emissions data to deliver to ongoing projects and to help identify strategic research opportunities and shape CSIRO science directions.
  • Building and maintaining a network of collaborators within and beyond CSIRO and across multiple sectors to advance the science and impact for the future energy transition and a net zero emissions economy.
  • Undertaking feasibility studies, demonstrating a considerable degree of originality, creativity, and innovation in solving problems, and developing & testing new data-driven tools and approaches.
  • Identifying and adapting quickly to changes in policy and market trends and directions to enable economic modelling of the future energy transition and a net zero emissions economy.
  • Assisting in scoping and preparation of strategic research proposals, and where appropriate, leading the delivery of projects and activities, and interactions with clients.

Location: Brisbane (Dutton Park), QLD

Salary: AU$121K – AU$142K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite; Full-time

Reference: 94306

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in economics and economic modelling.
  • Demonstrated high level experience in the processing and manipulation of input-output tables, national accounts, detailed household surveys, energy and emissions data and their incorporation into large-scale economic models.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully modify and extend the theory of large-scale economic models to incorporate detailed techno-economic and other activities in the areas of energy, greenhouse gas emissions, household behaviour and spatial detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to key economic, energy and emissions challenges and research problems.
  • A demonstrated history of authorship of scientific publications in relevant peer-reviewed scientific journals and reports, as well as grant applications, and tool development.
  • A strong record of accomplishment in communication of research findings and application of data-driven science and technology to influence infrastructure planning and decision-making.
  • A successful track record of engaging with industry, government, and community stakeholders to identify research needs, develop new business, and lead delivery of collaborative initiatives.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be either an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


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Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

21 September 2023, 11:00pm AEST