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Careers and Internships

Director, International Economy Program

An opportunity exists to join the Lowy Institute as the Director of the International Economy program. You will conduct your own research, engage with government and the business community, and help shape public discussion of international economic issues in Australia.

In addition to your deep knowledge of international economic issues you will have outstanding communication skills and the ability to design and implement a research and outreach agenda, including by managing financial and human resources. 

This is a unique opportunity for an individual seeking to use their economic expertise to establish a public profile. The role is full-time. Appointment on the basis of secondment would be considered. 

A competitive package commensurate with experience is on offer.

For further discussion, please contact Malcolm Duncan of The Insight Group on (02) 9233 3711 or send your details to


Research Fellow, International Security Program

The International Security Program is recruiting a Research Fellow to manage an exciting new project on state fragility in the South Pacific. The Research Fellow will work under the supervision of the Program Director to produce and manage original and forward-looking analysis of the key drivers of instability in the South Pacific and their potential impact on Australia’s security and future defence environment. The Research Fellow will also be expected to support other International Security Program activities.

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Graduate or postgraduate qualifications in subjects related (but not limited to) political science/ international relations/relevant regional studies.
  • In-depth knowledge of South Pacific/Melanesia and Australian defence policy.
  • Proven experience and/or interest in the field of International Security.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Proven organizational, time management and budget-handling skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities.

Managing the project will include commissioning, writing and editing Lowy Institute papers on drivers of instability in the South Pacific, commissioning experts to write research papers and articles for the Interpreter. The Research Fellow will also be responsible for organising a conference to present the project’s findings to major stakeholders.

The role is full-time with an immediate start date, with a salary of $120,000 (including superannuation).

Applications close at 5pm on 27 January. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis as applications are received.

Please apply by e-mailing Euan Graham, Director of International Security Program, at, attaching a cover letter and concise CV.


Research Associate, Melanesia Program

Do you have a keen interest in International Development, foreign aid, and the Pacific islands region? Do you want to work in an organisation with an exceptional reputation as Australia’s leading think tank and the venue of choice for international leaders and speakers? Do you want to be part of a dynamic and fast-paced working environment?

The Lowy Institute is seeking a Research Associate to work on an exciting new project analysing foreign aid in the Pacific Islands region and deliver the results to the public in an innovative interactive format. 

The Research Associate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the research, preparation and implementation of a project that will map all flows of aid in the Pacific region down to the project level. Research will include collecting, organising and analysing data from a variety of primary and secondary data sources.
  • Contributing to the methodology of the project and providing input into the design of the interactive elements of the project.
  • Assisting with the production of content associated with the project for the Lowy Institute’s various online platforms, notably The Interpreter.

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Strong skills and interest in data analysis and interpretation, with a high degree of attention to detail and data accuracy.
  • Experience creating and working with datasets in Excel.
  • Some experience in the fields of international development and/or the Pacific region.
  • Good writing and editing skills.
  • Tertiary qualifications in economics, international development, business, public policy or liberal arts; familiarity with statistics desirable but not essential.

The role is full-time on an 18-month contract with a salary of $70,000 (including superannuation) and an immediate start date. Appointment on the basis of secondment would be considered. 

Applications close at 5pm on 27 January. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis as applications are received.

Please apply by emailing Jonathan Pryke, Research Fellow and Director of the PNG Network, at, attaching a brief cover letter and concise CV.



  • The East Asia Program is looking to hire an intern who can work part-time from early 2017 for six months. The intern will assist the Program Director and Research Associate with research and organising events. The focus will largely be on China’s domestic political and social changes and how these relate to China’s international engagement. There will also be work on East Asia more broadly.

    Applicants from any background discipline will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated strong research, analysis and writing skills who are familiar with China’s domestic politics and society within a foreign policy framework. Fluency in reading Chinese is a requirement. The flexible start date is 16 January 2017. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Our internship program aims to connect talented international policy students and professionals with our research staff and programs. You should be interested in contributing to Australian international policy, have excellent time management and administrative skills, think critically, write clearly, and capably manage independent research tasks. Typically you will have completed, or be enrolled in postgraduate studies. The availability of intern positions depends on the needs of our staff.

The internship program attracts a large number of outstanding candidates and is highly competitive. Our intern alumni include Rhodes scholars, diplomats, soldiers, journalists, and academics. If your application is successful you will work at Level 3, 1 Bligh St on a voluntary basis.

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