21 August 2017

Web Designer and UI Developer (part-time 20 hours per week)

Vacancy 20/2017 - The Earth Observations Systems (EOS) Research Group seeks a motivated Web Designer and UI Developer to build and maintain project websites and support the design of mobile applications.


The Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) at IIASA focuses on ecosystem management for provision of services related to fiber, food, water and bioenergy under global change. The team benefits from a multi-disciplinary research environment, where quantitative analysis plays a strong role in linking a wide spectrum of models, reaching 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. Accurate and reliable spatially explicit information on the Earth’s surface, and in particular its anthropogenic use, is at the crux of our need to understand our changing planet and to be able to create biophysical and economic models with reliable input and calibration data. However, it is exactly this information that has been shown to be highly inaccurate over many areas of the globe and across multiple sectors.

Hence the Earth Observation Systems (EOS) Research Group has built and deployed tools and platforms to use citizen science, crowdsourcing and expert knowledge in order to improve in-situ data and the overall information base of land cover and land use globally via product integration and geospatial approaches. One of the tools is the geo-wiki.org platform for visualizing and collecting land-use information. This and other citizen science and crowdsourcing tools need new graphical designs and front end development.

The Position:

The successful candidate will work closely with our team to design and realize modern web applications to showcase R&D activities. Primary responsibilities include the building and maintenance of several project websites and support in the design of mobile applications. The candidate must show initiative, be flexible and take responsibility for the developed apps and websites. The candidate must have good verbal and written English communication skills and must have a positive and professional work ethic.

Skills and Requirements:

  • Solid understanding in relevant technologies and software requirements: HTML5, CSS(3), JavaScript, jQuery
  • Good knowledge of UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Materialize, Foundation, etc.
  • Expertise in UX software such as Sketch, InVision, Balsamiq, Framer.js, etc.
  • Proven UI and visual design abilities, which can be demonstrated through a portfolio of relevant work examples
  • Practical experience and great understanding of responsive and mobile design
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the latest UI trends, techniques, and technologies
  • Fluent in English (including the ability to write and edit engaging text).

Optional Skills (preferred):

  • Experience with frontend technologies like Angular, React.js, Aurelia, etc.
  • Experience with GIS and mapping frameworks
  • Good working level of German would be an asset.

Appointment Terms:

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

The successful candidate will be offered a part-time (20 hours per week) 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 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 the following documents:

  • Cover letter 
  • Résumé
  • Names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of three work-related references
  • We  also encourage applicants to send a short pdf portfolio of relevant work examples


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position 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 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: 31 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
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