18 January 2017

Energy Modeler/Researcher

Vacancy 04/2017 * - IIASA is looking to recruit a motivated and talented researcher to join a team within the Energy (ENE) Program analyzing a wide range of issues about energy economics and climate change. The research will focus on modeling energy use for sustainable development.

Job Duties:

The successful candidate will join a team analyzing a wide range of issues about energy economics and climate change. Her/his research will focus on modeling the implications of energy use for sustainable development, including energy poverty and the water-energy-land nexus and work with the MESSAGE model and its extensions. The purpose of the research is to inform international policy efforts, such as climate mitigation, universal energy access, poverty eradication and other Sustainable Development Goals, and assess their synergies and trade-offs. The successful applicant, among other things, is expected to contribute to ongoing projects at IIASA, for example CD-LINKS, Integrated Solutions – Water Energy Land nexus and The World in 2050

The applicant must be prepared to process and manage large datasets, become proficient with a complex energy system model, and analyze results. In addition, the applicant must be prepared to develop new modeling approaches and think critically and independently about her/his research. 


Candidates should at a minimum have (or be close to completing) a Master’s in economics, engineering or science (e.g., mathematics, physics) coupled with some background in energy-economic analysis. Experience in economic/energy modeling and empirical analysis is a pre-requisite. Proficiency in optimization (e.g., linear or non-linear programming) is a strong asset. Interest and experience in issues related to sustainable development, including household energy use, energy access in developing countries, water use, or food security is beneficial.

The selected candidate will interact with researchers of different nationalities, and have the chance to present scientific papers at conferences and workshops. IIASA offers an interdisciplinary workplace, with strong ties to a world-wide network of research institutions engaged in environmental and energy research and in particular on the analysis of climate change issues.

Appointment Terms:

Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria.

The successful candidate is expected to begin his/her assignment in the first half of 2017. The appointment period can be up to two years, with an evaluation after the first year.

Employment at IIASA has unique benefits including a competitive gross salary based on qualifications and experience that is exempt from income tax in the host country of Austria (subject to the principle of income aggregation), moving and settlement allowances, educational grants for children of school age, and five weeks’ annual vacation.

IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.


*Please note, that this is a re-posting. Previously unsuccessful applications for the same position (20/2016) will not be reconsidered.

To apply, please email the following:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of application outlining your motivation and fit to the position 
  • The names and contact details of two work-related reference givers
  • At least one letter of recommendation  

To: Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department,
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria

Review of applications will be ongoing and continue until the post has been filled. 

For information about this position, please contact:

About Laxenburg (near Vienna)

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

For general information about our Institute and its research activities, please visit our IIASA Web site.

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Last edited: 06 February 2017


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