Rong Zhang joined the Melbourne Institute in March 2011 as a Research Support Officer in the Labour Economics and Social Policy team. She has a PhD degree in Econometrics and Business Statistics from Monash University, a masters in Operational Research and a bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics from Harbin Institute of Technology (China).


  • 2007-2011    Doctor of Philosophy, Econometrics and Business Statistics
    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Thesis title: “Bayesian Analysis of Non-linear Multivariate Econometric Models”
  • 2004-2006    Master of Science, Operational Research and Cybernetics
    Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China
  • 2000-2004    Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics (First-Class Honors)
    Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Employment History

March 2011 - present   Research Support Officer (Full time), Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, the Universtiy of Melbourne
  • Analyzing large unit record datasets for major consulting projects, involving application of a variety of econometric techniques
  • Contributing to data manipulation, data management and documentation
  • Developing material for the production of reports, seminar papers, working papers and publications
  • Using computers and relevant statistic software like STATA and SAS for data analysis