04 August 2017

Graphic Designer

Vacancy 17/2017 - We are seeking a talented Graphic Designer to take a leading role in the development of our creative projects. 


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis seeks a talented designer to take a leading role in the development of our creative projects. The role encompasses the direction of our bi-annual magazine plus an array of design projects working both with departmental and institute colleagues. 

The designer provides support to the communications function with regards to all creative materials and design projects from concept to completion, which may include print, digital graphics and web design, figures, photography, and illustration. He/She assures that each piece strengthens the institute’s reputation and reinforces institutional key messages internally and externally.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Graphic Designer creates and produces compelling and persuasive concepts, designs and associated graphics in a variety of forms, including but not limited to: high profile corporate publications (e.g. annual report, IIASA magazines, brochures, front covers of IIASA reports, fliers), web pages and web design elements (e.g., banners, icons), visuals for digital and social media content, exhibition materials (e.g., posters, displays) and visual material for scientists (e.g., infographics, imagery and retouching, presentations)
  • Creates original graphics and illustrations, striving to discover simple solutions to complex problems
  • Utilizes design techniques, tools and principles, and advanced layout and typography to articulate the institute's brand in fresh, effective and accessible ways
  • Develops, implements, and serves as an ambassador for the institute style guide and supports consistency and quality of messages conveyed. Serves as a knowledgeable brand guardian by having a strong understanding of look, feel, voice and overall brand presence across a variety of project types and media. Provides consulting on brand, concept, purpose, audience, usage and distribution
  • Leads the development and creative direction of our bi-annual magazine, this includes planning/briefing, overall look and feel, photographic direction, and design elements
  • Provides graphic and production expertise to peers and department colleagues, providing clear direction and up-skilling colleagues within the department. Maintains a high degree of quality control through self-proofing and style guide adherence. Works productively and collaboratively with other Communications staff, IIASA scientists and IIASA suppliers (e.g., external printers) to produce high quality publications to strict deadlines. Sometimes proposing and developing original design concepts, and other times following a tight brief
  • Works with the Communications Manager, manages the work of freelance graphic designers
  • Plans, manages and develops the way in which IIASA uses new technology to communicate key messages to stakeholders 
  • Performs other tasks as necessary to benefit the department.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Fluent English, good knowledge of German advantageous
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field required; an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Three to five years graphic design/production experience
  • A broad array of creative design experience: Print, web, graphics for social media, infographics, large-format graphics, signage, exhibitions and various other collateral materials, video a plus 
  • Must understand and be familiar with all phases of print production from concept through completion, including prepress techniques, equipment, and software
  • Must be highly proficient in all standard computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat, with a thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), HTML, and motion graphics/animation 
  • Must be a team player with strong creative, problem-solving, and multi-tasking skills who is a flexible, energetic self-starter
  • Experience in the creation of marketing materials that are in keeping with an established brand identity, articulate creative strategies and maintain high visual standards.

Appointment Terms:

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position in September/October 2017 and will initially be offered a fixed-term contract for one year, with the possibility of extension thereafter.

IIASA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package (moving and settlement 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 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 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.


Applications must be in English and include:

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation for applying and how you see your potential contribution to this specific role 
  • A Curriculum Vitae 
  • Names, addresses (including email) and telephone numbers of three work-related reference givers 
  • A short PDF portfolio of your work that you feel is relevant to this role (no more than five pages).

Please indicate where you saw our opportunity when sending your application via email to:

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

Applications will continue to be accepted until 1 September 2017.

Please note that applications including portfolios exceeding 5 pages will be disregarded.

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: 09 August 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