The Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) researches key issues in the areas of innovation performance, innovation policy, and economic development. The Centre is developing a new research theme on the evaluation of government policies for encouraging innovation in the business and public sectors. Applications are invited for appointment to this position, which will be offered on a three year, full-time, fixed term basis, commencing as soon as possible. The successful candidate will conduct research in this area, and build capacity and expertise in policy evaluation. The candidate will work collaboratively with Centre researchers and government and other organisations to design programs for policy evaluation, and identify suitable output metrics before programs are implemented.
-Qualitative skills will be required to identify program goals and external factors that may confound the results of policy evaluation. – Quantitative skills will be required to construct baseline indicators and identify output metrics, as well as evaluate the success of innovation and economic development programs. -This will require advanced skills and experience with a range of multiple regression techniques and the management of biases. -The applicant is expected to use this material to produce high quality academic publications, and to raise and manage funding for projects on policy evaluation.