Applied Economist / Econometrician

IP Australia is seeking two highly motivated and skilled professionals for vacancies as data-focused economists in the Office of the Chief Economist.

The successful candidates must have a proven ability to conduct complex statistical analysis on large, complex data sets. The role also demands the ability to communicate economic ideas and technical subject matter to a non-specialist audience, including government officials and the general public. It is expected that the successful candidates will contribute to delivering IP Australia’s research programme and data analysis, produce research with policy insight and manage projects from conceptualisation through delivery.

About the Office of the Chief Economist

The economics team at IP Australia has existed for four years, and consists of six economists and data analysts. We also manage the Australian Patent Analytics Hub, which consists of eight patent examiners and three research managers.

We are a nimble, enthusiastic team who take great pride in providing a reliable evidence base for innovative policies.

As IP Australia is responsible for regulating and granting intellectual property (IP) rights and feeding into international negotiations and treaties on IP, the Office is responsible for generating the evidence on which policy can be based, and has four over-arching aims:

IP Australia is seeking two highly motivated and skilled professionals for vacancies as data-focused economists in the Office of the Chief Economist.

The successful candidates must have a proven ability to conduct complex statistical analysis on large, complex data sets. The role also demands the ability to communicate economic ideas and technical subject matter to a non-specialist audience, including government officials and the general public. It is expected that the successful candidates will contribute to delivering IP Australia’s research programme and data analysis, produce research with policy insight and manage projects from conceptualisation through delivery.

  • To provide empirical input to policy discussions on the economic impact of IP rights and optimum policy settings for the Australian economy.
  • To devise and conduct, or direct, new economic projects aimed at improving the evidence base for IP Australia’s strategies and policy directions.
  • To raise awareness of IP economics to inform wider policy debates and efforts to improve the IP system.
  • To provide analytical services that facilitate the use of IP information for government funded researchers, policy makers and business users.
  • The Office conducts substantial, original economic research to accomplish these aims, managing a rolling research program of in-house and externally managed projects, and is responsible for writing the annual Australian IP Report. See www.ipaustralia.gov.au/economics for more details on our work program and recent outputs.
  • We work closely with other government departments, but are also engaged with international work through the World Intellectual Property Office, other IP offices and academics from around the world.

The Office conducts substantial, original economic research to accomplish these aims, managing a rolling research program of in-house and externally managed projects, and is responsible for writing the annual Australian IP Report. See www.ipaustralia.gov.au/economics for more details on our work program and recent outputs. 

 

Working in IP Australia

Australia’s Intellectual property (IP) rights system supports innovation, investment and international competitiveness. IP Australia administers Australia’s IP rights system, specifically patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. IP Australia also undertakes programs to educate and promote an awareness of intellectual property (IP), provides IP policy input to Government, develops legislation to support the IP system and contributes to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally.

IP Australia strives to deliver robust IP rights efficiently, satisfy our customers in terms of timeliness and value for money and be recognised as one of the leading IP offices in the world for the quality (including accuracy and consistency) of the IP rights we grant. IP Australia is committed to external certification of our Quality Management System which involves applying ISO 9001:2008 to key business processes and to environmental management through ISO14001 certification within the agency.

All IP Australia staff contribute to the achievement of organisational outcomes and the overall management of IP Australia by assisting, as appropriate, the Commissioner of Patents and the Registrars of Trade Marks and Designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights, and their deputies (where relevant), to perform statutory functions, and where appropriate, exercise relevant delegations.

IP Australia recognises the importance of employees balancing their work and personal lives by offering staff access to an ongoing series of health and wellbeing programs, flexible work-life policies and a range of professional development programs. IP Australia is a breastfeeding friendly workplace.

The IP Australia office in Canberra provides high quality accommodation and facilities. These include: an on-site café, conference, meeting and training rooms; limited on-site parking for cars and motor cycles available on a rotational basis; the provision of undercover bicycle racks; excellent shower/change facilities for staff choosing to walk or ride to work; and the advantage of all staff being co-located in the one building.

Please note: All IP Australia positions are subject to an ENTRY ONLY pre-employment check unless a higher security clearance has been identified. Other pre-employment checks may also apply.

 

Job documentation updated and endorsed for use: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016