11 April 2017

Developer – Scientific and IT Infrastructure

Vacancy 09/2017 - The Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) is seeking a motivated and independent Developer able to work in a scientific, interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.


The Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) conducts research on ecosystem management for the provision of services related to fiber, food, water and energy, in connection with economic, societal and environmental changes. The Program is renowned for its expertise on long-term global change of agriculture and food systems, building upon a multidisciplinary team where quantitative analysis plays a major role, with a wide spectrum of models, from detailed process-based biophysical models to global economic models. The Program is strongly connected to the international academic community, placing emphasis on transdisciplinary synergies and applied approaches. The work accomplished has long been recognized through regular publications in high-ranking scientific journals. In addition, the ESM Program has been invited to participate in numerous policy-oriented consultations and large scale scientific exercises. 

The Position:

IIASA seeks a motivated and independent developer who is able to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment. The candidate will work on the scientific and IT infrastructure in the ESM Program. The infrastructure includes database set-up and management, spatial data handling and versioning, and tools to facilitate the integration of the database with the models inputs and outputs. In addition, the candidate will contribute to the documentation and dissemination of results of ESM models through different interfaces, in particular web-based interfaces.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining databases for ESM models, including spatial databases
  • Developing tools to connect the models inputs and outputs with the database
  • Performing quality control of data sources and databases being used for model activities
  • Facilitating the dissemination of the model results through web-based interfaces and other relevant IT tools.


  • MSc or PhD degree in information technology, computer science, geoinformatics, or related fields
  • Experience in the field of agriculture and environmental science
  • Experience in handling large databases and spatial statistics
  • Experience in web-based tools for data visualization and dissemination 
  • Programming skills for handling and analyzing data (e.g. R and Python)
  • Software development skills (e.g. Github, GAMS)
  • Some experience in data interoperability in Geo-spatial databases will be an advantage (e.g. Postgis, GeoServer, OGC standards)
  • Fluency in English and good presentation skills.

Appointment Terms:

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

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position with an initial employment contract of one year with the possibility for extension thereafter. 

IIASA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package (home leave, moving allowances, educational grants for children of school age, and five weeks’ annual vacation). IIASA salaries are exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria.  


To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, plus names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of three work-related references to:

Deadline for receipt of applications 12 May 2017.

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.

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 19th annual Quality of Living survey, Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the eighth year running in 2017. The survey covers 231 cities worldwide and is based on 39 criteria such as political and 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.

Internal reference # 170061

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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