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Senior Economist or FSS Senior Analyst (2018-2019 PhD Job Market) At Bank of Canada

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Job Description

Take a central role
The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very centre of Canada’s economy, in an organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in an environment where we are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.

Find out more about the Bank’s current research priorities, explore the broad range of staff research that our people have the intellectual freedom to pursue, and learn about the ways in which the Bank supports and collaborates with the external research community.


Application Process
Your application must include the following:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • research paper(s) or job market paper
  • three letters of recommendation


Requests for additional information and the letters of recommendation should be sent by email to phd_recruitment@bankofcanada.ca. The letters of recommendation should be sent by your referees.

To apply, click on the link above or visit www.bankofcanada.ca/careers.


Application deadline
Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. We will conduct interviews at the following conferences:

  • Canadian Economics Employment Exchange (CEEE) (December 7 – 8, 2018)
  • Allied Social Science Association (AEA/AFA) (January 4-6, 2019).


If you wish to be considered for an interview at one of these conferences, you must apply at least one month before the conference, when review of applications will begin.


Your future responsibilities
You will support the economic and financial welfare of Canadians and contribute to the Bank’s work at an international level. You will take part in leading-edge analysis, which supports the Bank in its functional areas, and collaborate with your colleagues within the Bank and at other organizations in Canada and abroad. Subject to the needs and interests of the Bank and the employee, senior economists or senior analysts may move to other Bank departments to pursue research of relevance in new or needed areas. More specifically, you will be expected to

  • participate in the conduct of monetary policy, help promote the safety and efficiency of our financial and payment systems, assist in managing the government’s public debt programs and foreign exchange reserves, and support the design, issuance and distribution of Canada’s bank notes
  • develop leading-edge research ideas and produce high-quality research papers related to the broad responsibilities of the Bank’s functional areas
  • conduct policy analysis and brief senior management on matters related to the responsibilities of the functional areas
  • collaborate with colleagues within the Bank and from other organizations to develop research ideas, as well as produce and disseminate research
  • build relationships with external parties, e.g., government and international agencies, other central banks, financial market participants and organizations, and outside academics, to share knowledge, research and analysis


Your education

  • a recent (completed after 1 January 2011) or forthcoming (completed in 2019) PhD in economics or finance


Your knowledge and skills
We will evaluate your application against the key requirements listed below and your education, which must be demonstrated in your cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and research paper(s) or job market paper.


If you are selected for an interview, you may be evaluated through two interviews, a written assessment and a presentation of your job market paper.


Key requirements

  • research skills: the ability to undertake in-depth and high quality research projects that are publishable in top-tier, peer-reviewed academic journals of the Bank’s functional areas
  • fields of expertise: through research in one or more of the following relevant areas of research, depending on specific needs
    • macroeconomics and monetary economics
    • banking and payment systems
    • digital economy
    • international economics
    • global commodity markets
    • financial economics
    • financial markets and institutions
    • labour and demographic economics
    • mathematical and quantitative methods
    • industrial organization
    • law and economics
    • economic networks
  • writing skills: the ability to produce effective written documents in a style and form likely to appeal to and influence the intended audience
  • oral communication and presentation skills: the ability to make effective, well-structured presentations adapted to the intended audience, inside or outside the Bank, and the ability to communicate effectively with others by demonstrating active listening skills and conveying information clearly
  • teamwork and collaboration: the ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • innovation: the ability to create new insights, devise novel approaches and make innovative decisions through research information using empirical and/or modelling skills
  • analytical and technical skills: strong problem-solving skills, including the ability to analyze complex economic and financial
  • Language requirement: English or French essential


In exceptional circumstances, an equivalent combination of a PhD and research experience in an area of current particular relevance or interest to the Bank not listed above may be considered.


Research support, collaboration and development
The Bank of Canada is committed to employee growth and career development and supports employees in reaching their full potential within their roles.

  • As part of the career path in this position, it is possible to progress to a role with an expanded scope at a higher job grade, and a corresponding salary increase, if specific criteria are met.
  • Travel for external presentations of ongoing research is centrally funded and managed by a committee comprised of Senior Researchers. Additional funding may be available for working with co-authors, invited discussions, or attending high-profile conferences.
  • Support provided by Research Assistants who help gather data, conduct statistical analysis, and prepare materials for presentations and a talented team of administrative, computer, data-scientist, editorial, design, and library professionals.
  • Access to numerous data sources, including confidential and administrative data and powerful computing capabilities, including the cluster.
  • A variety of vehicles for external distribution of research and analytical work. These include, personal web pages, Staff Working Paper series, Staff Discussion Paper series, Staff Analytical Notes series, and Technical Reports.
  • Many opportunities to interact and exchange ideas, provide feedback on ongoing research, and collaborate on research projects with economists from top economic departments and major institutions, with potential referees, and journal editors by offering:
    • a steady stream of research conferences, workshops, and visiting speaker seminars throughout the year including the Fellowship Program and the Visiting Scholar Program.
    • the opportunity to work along side several Special Advisers whose role is to enhance the research efforts and policy advice by providing guidance on joint research projects (i.e. commenting on papers and policy documents).


What you can expect from us
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career.


Salary
The Bank offers a competitive total compensation package that is reviewed annually. The starting base salaries are based on qualifications and range annually between Can$103,120 and Can$137,494.


Hiring bonus
You may be eligible for a hiring bonus payable as a lump sum payment at time of hire and up to three annual additional payments to a total maximum of up to 30% of your base salary.


Performance pay
You may be eligible for performance pay for successfully meeting, exceeding expectations or far exceeding expectations (7 to 20% of your base salary).


Additional Benefits

  • Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health, dental, disability and life and/or accident insurance coverage that meets your needs
  • Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
  • Indexed, defined-benefit pension plan


For more information on key benefits, please visit www.bankofcanada.ca/careers/working-here.

Additional information

  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Must be eligible for reliability status or secret clearance
  • Relocation assistance may be provided, if required
  • Contact information: recruitment@bankofcanada.ca
  • Number of available positions: 18

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.