12 December 2017

Research Scholars in Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Economics

Vacancy 15/2017 - The Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) is hiring Research Scholars to work on the GLOBIOM Model used for assessing competition for land use between agriculture, bioenergy, and forestry. 


The Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) conducts research on ecosystem management for provision of services related to fiber, food, water and energy, in connection to the economic, societal and environmental changes. The Program is renowned for his expertise on long-term global change of agriculture and forestry systems and builds its expertise upon a pluridisciplinary team where quantitative analysis plays a strong 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 positions:

ESM is offering several positions for Research Scholars in Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Economics. The successful candidates will be working on further developing and implementing the partial equilibrium model GLOBIOM, and applying it in the framework of international research projects in which the Program is involved. Depending on the competencies of the candidate, he/she will be assigned to one of the following research streams:

  • Food security, poverty and health,
  • Global food, water and energy nexus issues and solutions,
  • Climate change mitigation in the agriculture and forestry sectors at regional level (REDD+, INDCs, etc.),
  • Global forests and forest industries,
  • Bioenergy policies impact analyses.

We seek motivated and independent research scholars able to work autonomously in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Scoping of literature, policies and data,
  • Development of GLOBIOM to enhance its usability for the selected research stream,
  • Developing modules and interfaces for integration with other models where relevant,
  • Implementing scenarios in GLOBIOM and conducting impact analysis in the framework of IIASA international projects,
  • Contributing to project deliverables, reports, stakeholder communication,
  • Publishing relevant results in peer-reviewed journals and present them in international fora.


  • PhD degree in economics with a strong background in quantitative methods and focus on agriculture, forestry, land use issues and resource management, or a master’s degree with a minimum of five-years research experience in the same areas,
  • Good knowledge and experience in one of the above mentioned research areas,
  • Experience with large scale applied economic models in GAMS, either at sector level or in the general equilibrium framework,
  • Experience with large scale datasets processing and analysis (R, STATA, SPSS…),
  • Flexibility to travel,
  • Fluency in English and good presentation skills.

Appointment Terms:

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

IIASA offers a competitive salary (based on qualifications and experience) together with a benefits package which includes moving and settlement allowances. IIASA salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria, but subject to the principle of income aggregation.

IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified 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.


To apply, please email a cover letter and résumé, two recent examples of research work plus names and full contact details (including email addresses) of three work-related references to:

Review of applications will be ongoing until the posts have 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 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.

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Last edited: 12 December 2017


Alia Harrison

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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