Research Associate, Fiscal and Economic Policy, School of Public Policy
University of Calgary, Fiscal and Economic Policy Division at School of Public Policy

Research Associate, Fiscal and Economic Policy, School of Public Policy


Job ID: 17872

Updated: Yesterday

Location: Downtown Campus


Position Overview


The Fiscal and Economic Policy Division at School of Public Policy invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.


The School of Public Policy (SPP), the University of Calgary is Canada's leading policy school. The School was founded in 2008 by renowned economist Jack Mintz with a vision to drive policy discourse with relevant research, outreach and teaching. The School of Public Policy provides a practical, global and focused perspective on public policy analysis and practice in four focus areas: Fiscal and Economic Policy, Social and Health Policy, Energy and Environmental Policy, and International Policy and Trade. The School achieves its mandate through integrated activity across its academic programming, research portfolio, and extensive outreach.


The Fiscal and Economic Policy Division (FEP) at SPP covers a wide range of issues including taxation, income inequality, public sector deficits and debt, productivity, financial market regulation, livable cities, and economic diversification. FEP provides evidence-based policy analysis and advice to governments, the business sector, and the general public on how policies can be reformed to meet the challenges that we face today and in the future.


This position reports to the Scientific Director of FEP, and contributes to research focused social, fiscal and economic policy at SPP. It normally involves working Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week with occasional work outside of regular hours as well as potential travel within Canada.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Undertakes qualitative and quantitative analysis of a range of policy issues in the area of social, economic, and fiscal policy. This includes research question definition, review of the relevant literature, data gathering, application of appropriate theory and empirical analysis, development and assessment of results, development of policy implications and recommendations, and the writing and presentation of reports and other study products to stakeholders

  • Prepares literature reviews, briefing documents, background reports, research papers, technical papers, applied research, presentations, and other research products

  • Regularly updates project team on data collection and analysis, as well as prepares and presents reports of these results using excellent technical writing skills

  • Organizes time effectively so that research results are produced by set deadlines that support overall project timelines

  • Supports the development of academic publications, and particularly The School of Public Policy Publications

  • Provides leadership and technical expertise to other team researchers, which may include research assistants and student researchers

  • Provides an evaluation of all policy implications of the results and develops carefully considered recommendations for practical and effective policy responses

  • Works closely with the Scientific Director of FEP and program directors in organizing research agenda

  • Supports and monitors the project development and approval process, including key deadlines

  • Develops timelines and research criteria for varied research projects

  • Collaborates regularly and closely with FEP team members (i.e., participation in project meetings and brainstorming sessions) as required to conduct research, obtain and verify results, and to assist research-related outreach activities associated with the research division

  • Assists in the development of multi-year strategic plans that anticipate policy changes and link research activities from year to year

  • Represents SPP externally, which may include media interviews

  • Assists in the development of funding applications


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of at least a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, Public Policy, or a related area focused on social, fiscal, and economic policy, with a strong preference for a Master's degree

  • Two  years of research experience in the fields noted above is preferred

  • A combination of experience, training, and education may be considered

  • Possesses knowledge of current social, fiscal, and economic policy issues, data, and research, in both academic and policy literature

  • Possesses knowledge of Canadian poverty reduction policies and gender-based analysis

  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative research skills

  • Proficiency in relevant technical software (statistical and econometric analysis, graphics, web and data base tools, etc.) in addition to Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

  • Familiarity with SPSD/M, Stata, SAS, R, or other statistical programs is an asset

  • Strong analytical skills in reaching sound decisions and resolving complex problems

  • Excellent communication skills, orally and in writing

  • Strong organizational skills for collection, maintenance and organization of information, data, and research programming

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in performance of day-to-day duties

  • Adaptable and flexible in a fast-moving and changing environment

  • Ability to work collaboratively and interact respectfully with a variety of internal and external contacts


Application Deadline:  April 3, 2019


We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.


To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. 


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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