Applied Economist - Input-Output Analysis

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The opportunity 

  • Bring your expertise in EE-IO and LCA into one of CSIRO’s key research areas
  • Exciting role within a supportive multi-disciplinary team, with great career development on offer
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – and create valuable impact!

CSIRO’s Environment Business Unit brings together capabilities in marine, atmospheric, water and terrestrial environment disciplines, as well as significant social and economic research, to align and support the nation in creating a better and more sustainable future. Partnering with a variety of internal stakeholders across the organisation, as well as other external R&D, government, university, industry and community stakeholders, together, we are addressing Australia’s biggest environment challenges by translating complex science into essential decision ready information and tools.

In line with this, ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)’ is one of CSIRO’s essential areas of research, and our team specialises in combining innovative social processes with robust data-driven tools, integrated assessments and approaches, to assist policy, business and infrastructure planning and material decisions in accelerating innovation in cities and ways to influence consumer behaviour. Our research aims to provide a whole-of-systems view of the sustainability of our built environment and how to improve it.

As an Applied Economist within this dynamic research team, you will bring your skills, domain knowledge and experience to play a key role in enhancing CSIRO’s research capability to our multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability transitions. You will be responsible for using your expertise in environmentally extended input-output (EE-IO) analysis and life cycle analysis (LCA) to develop a comprehensive view of the interconnections between industries and the environment within both the Australian and global economies, and provide insights into the relationship of economic activity and environmental footprint. Your research will be used for creating a better understanding of the importance of economic processes of consumption and production for environmental outcomes, and decision making in several key areas of environmental economic policy, including achieving net zero emissions and a circular economy.

If you have a keen interest in this field and applying them to real-world contexts, this 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:

  • Applying specialist technical skills in economics and environmentally extended input-output analysis to inform decision making to reduce environmental impacts and improve sustainability outcomes.
  • Applying existing I-O frameworks such as the GLORIA database and developing nested I-O tables for subnational analysis, urban analysis embedded in global supply chains.
  • Identifying environmental footprints for different environmental pressures and impacts for different economic sectors, provision systems and final demand categories.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, developing strong working relationships and a focus on integration, in support of CSIRO’s science and impact objectives.
  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Drawing on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience to recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines.

Location: Canberra (Black Mountain), ACT

Salary: AU$110K – AU$119K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years; Full-time

Reference: 96884

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as environmental economics, ecological economics or industrial ecology.
  • Demonstrated skills in environmentally extended input-output analysis, and skills in hybrid analysis of EE-IO and LCA.
  • Proven ability to undertake I-O analysis using MATLAB or a commensurate platform.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • A demonstrated history of authorship of scientific publications in relevant peer reviewed scientific journals and/or reports, as well as grant applications, and tool development.
  • A record of accomplishment in communication of research findings and application of data-driven science and technology to inform decision making.

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


Applications for this position are open to all candidates – Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or candidates who either hold, or are able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term (visa sponsorship and relocation assistance may be provided to the successful candidate if required).

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

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Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to apply

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

Applications close

23 June 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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