Employment Opportunities


We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person who is capable of multi-tasking and would enjoy working in an intellectually stimulating environment.

This is a part-time position (8.30 am – 5.30 pm Thursday and Friday & alternative Wednesdays). The successful candidate needs to exhibit maturity, thoroughness, like working with databases and be prepared to work in a hands-on environment.

You will be the first contact the public have with the CIS and must have good public relations skills. The person needs to be computer literate in particular with email, database programs and mailing programs and have an eye for detail. Experience with MYOB and Salesforce would be a great asset.

Main duties include:

  • Receptionist Duties
  • Data entry
  • Event assistance
  • General administrative duties inc. mail & banking
  • Proofing communications
  • MYOB
  • Salesforce

A competitive salary is being offered for the right candidate. This is a great opportunity to work in a happy and stimulating environment.

Send a cover letter along with your CV to:
Jane Black, Executive Assistant   jblack@cis.org.au


The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), Australia’s foremost independent public policy think tank is seeking an economist or a person with a related degree to join our economics team. This position will suit a person with a passion for researching and promoting market-based solutions for public policy issues.

The work done by the CIS is both rigorous and practical and the person we are looking for will be able to drive a research project, engage with the media and policy community to communicate the findings and propel changes in thinking on important policy issues.

The position is based in Sydney. We would prefer full-time but will consider strong part-time candidates. Applicants must have the right to work permanently in Australia – the CIS does not sponsor visa applications.

Role and Responsibilities

• Work independently and with other CIS researchers on our economics research program. Current areas of interest are infrastructure, labour market, health economics, welfare spending in particular family payments, regulation, energy, population, taxation, federalism and trade.

• Undertake research projects and develop evidence based policy recommendations presented in multiple formats (reports, commentary and multimedia).

• Communicate the research work to CIS supporters, business, government and the general public through public presentations, media work and speeches.

• Articulate CIS policy positions through media appearances and interviews on television and radio.

• Write opinion pieces for hard copy and online newspapers and blogs.

• Contribute articles to our web-based newsletter ‘ideas’.

• Engage with supporters on Facebook and Twitter.

• Ability to work well within a small team.

Qualifications and Background

• Degree in Economics would be preferred but other degrees will be considered.

• Previous writing experience, including opinion pieces, journal articles or online publications (ideally substantive research-based pieces).

• Experience working in academia, business, government, volunteer sector or in think tanks.

• Strong interest in contributing to the debate around public policy issues.

• Strong communication skills particularly with media.

• Good analytical skills.

 A genuine interest and understanding of the philosophical direction of The Centre for Independent Studies.

• Salary will be commensurate with experience.
• Applicants must have permanent working rights in Australia.
• Interstate or overseas applicants must be able to move to Sydney.

Written emailed applications only. Please include a cover letter addressing the position criteria, your CV and three referees.  If you would like to discuss the role before applying please call Simon Cowan on 02 9438 4377.  Previous applicants for the role will not be considered.

We are prepared to wait for the right person so have not put a closing date for the position

Send to: scowan@cis.org.au
C/- Simon Cowan
Phone: 02 9438 4377


A small number of short-term unpaid internships are available throughout the year. If you would like to be considered for a position during 2017 please send in your CV and a cover letter and we will add you to the waiting list and contact you when a position becomes available.

We select interns on three main criteria:

1. That the intern is studying in a field that we have a research interest in or that they are prepared to be involved in the project we offer them which may not be directly research oriented.
2. That a mentor within the CIS is available to work with the intern. We have found that the experience is less than satisfactory on both sides if there isn’t a real project to be worked on and real support for the intern.
3. That you are available to work at our office at 131 Macquarie St Sydney

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at the CIS. We would also like to know your availability. For your information, we have had interns who have worked with us for 12-14 weeks for 1 day a week and others who have worked 2-3 days a week over a shorter period of time in holiday periods.

Please send your application to Jenny Lindsay jlindsay@cis.org.au