Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics

Economic and Social Research Institute - ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, who will join a team of researchers working on projects on retirement, pensions, financing planning and decision-making, and health and well-being in older age.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on a project examining the financial dimensions of retirement, funded by the Pensions Authority. The project uses data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to analyse issues such as the determinants of retirement decisions, and the interaction between income, consumption and wealth in retirement.

The ESRI is now inviting applications from economists or researchers from related fields (quantitative social science) for this three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

The Institute

The Economic and Social Research Institute, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Its 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. It has over 100 staff including economists, sociologists and other social scientists, in addition to support and technical staff.

Role Description – Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

The successful candidate will have a background and experience in Economics (labour economics, health economics, etc.) or a related field (quantitative social science). They will join a team of experienced researchers analysing issues around retirement, pensions, financing planning and decision-making, and health and well-being in older age. They will use longitudinal data analysis techniques to examine these, and related, issues. Opportunities to collaborate with researchers on other projects across the Institute will also be available. In addition, the role will involve:

  • Leading on, and contributing to, the analysis of quantitative data
  • Writing and contributing to peer-reviewed journal articles and policy briefs arising from the research findings
  • Communicating with key stakeholders and coordinating stakeholder events

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:


  • A PhD in Economics (labour economics, health economics, etc.) or a related filed (quantitative social science)
  • Skills and experience in quantitative research methods, including longitudinal data analysis techniques
  • Strong computer skills including proven ability in using quantitative data analysis packages (e.g. use of STATA)
  • Academic writing skills and experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise objectives
  • The ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as in a team environment
  • Willingness to undertake training and career development


  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Postdoctoral research experience
  • Research experience in a related field
  • Experience in writing research grant proposals

Terms and Application Procedure

Appointments will be on a three-year fixed-term contract basis and salary will be in the range €39,554 - €43,838, commensurate with experience. The successful candidates will be based in offices in Dublin 2. 

How to apply

To apply for this position please follow the link below. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 22nd January 2017. All applications will be acknowledged. 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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