Working at IIASA

IIASA is located in a former 18th century imperial palace of the Habsburg Monarchy in Laxenburg, Austria about 15 km from Vienna.

Working Environment

The "Schloss Laxenburg" facility has been gratefully provided by the host country Austria to the International Scientific Community. 

According to Mercer’s 18th annual Quality of Living survey, Vienna continues its reign in the top spot for overall quality of living in 2016. The survey covers 230 cities worldwide and is based on 39 criteria such as political, social, economic, educational, and environmental factors. Vienna has all the facilities of a modern, progressive city, in the heart of Europe. 

While famous for its concert venues, opera houses, theaters, and museums, Vienna also provides opportunities for great outdoor activities on nearby Lake Neusiedl, the Vienna Woods, and the Alps.

Vienna has a wealth of different research and international governmental institutions, permitting extensive dialogue at local and international level between scientists and policymakers.

Employee Benefits

IIASA employees enjoy an attractive package of benefits which include among others:

  • A competitive salary which is exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria.  (subject to the principle of income aggregation); 
  • A generous annual leave allowance;
  • Non-contributory group accident insurance coverage;
  • Tax free shopping privileges;
  • Partial reimbursement of private school fees for schooling in Austria or for German language tutoring of children enrolled in public schools.

Scientific and professional staff hired from international locations are also entitled to receive moving and settlement allowances and paid home leave (rules apply).

Employee Wellbeing

We are strongly committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, and tolerance and take the well-being of our staff very seriously. The Institute provides lots of amenities to its employees to ensure a pleasant and healthy working environment. We have
our own catering facilities and a subsidized restaurant offering a choice of international and Austrian specialties daily (Monday through Friday). We have a fully equipped gym, tennis courts, lunchtime yoga and keep-fit classes, a visiting occupational physician and visiting Institute Counselor.

Social Activities

Thanks to the IIASA Staff Association (STAC) and its enthusiastic Social Committee, the IIASA community enjoys all manner of social and cultural gatherings. Here to name but a few of these activities:

  • Canadian pancake breakfast;
  • American Independence (July 4th) celebrations;
  • Wine tasting trips;
  • Staff soccer and volleyball matches;
  • Triathlon;
  • International dinner;
  • Thanksgiving lunch;
  • Christmas lunch/ball.

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Last edited: 02 May 2016


Alia Harrison

Recruitment Coordinator

Human Resources

T +43(0) 2236 807 286

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313