Research Analysts

Each year, Motu looks for outstanding students in economics, statistics, or a related field who will have completed an Honours or Masters’ degree by the end of that year.

Applications for these positions are now OPEN.

If you would like to work for a small Wellington-based organisation whose mission is to conduct top quality economic and public policy research and disseminate it to those who can use it, while building research capacity in New Zealand, applications are now open to work at Motu, the top ranked economics organisation in NZ and one of the world's top ten economic think tanks (as ranked by RePEc).

Please note research analysts work with a senior fellow on a Motu project, so these positions are unlikely to suit current Ph.D. students hoping to work on their own dissertations.

If you aren't eligible for an internship or RA position because you are heading overseas to do your PhD, you may be interested in the Statistics NZ Motu Programme for PhD Research. This will give you space at Motu for at least four months and free access to Statistics NZ's microeconomic data.

Who are we looking for?

Someone who wants to get their hands dirty with every stage of the research process, working closely with a senior researcher with a PhD from a renowned university such as Harvard, Stanford, or the London School of Economics.

Strong candidates will have:

  • an advanced university degree (honours or higher),
  • a curiosity about economics questions,
  • good computer and data analysis skills,
  • strong inter-personal skills, and
  • an interest in doing economic research on social or environmental issues.

We offer a relaxed yet stimulating work environment where you will be challenged and your skills as a researcher extended. Our past RAs have gone on to high level public sector positions and to PhD-level study at top international universities.

How to apply

To apply, please send an email to Isabelle Sin, with “research analyst” in the email subject. Please attach the following to this email:

  • a filled out application form,
  • a covering letter,
  • your CV,
  • a list of any papers you are currently taking, and
  • your academic transcript(s) (up-to-date, but need not be official).

Applications for research analysts starting at the end of the 2017 academic year close on 29 March 2017.

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about Motu and the types of research we do. You can read about our current and past RAs on our People page or check out the impact of our RAs.