27 February 2018
The IIASA Energy (ENE) Program is one of the leading scientific research institutions in the realm of integrated assessment of climate change and the transition towards a sustainable energy system. As part of its mission, ENE hosts some 40+ instances of scenario databases (e.g., SSP database). These databases form an integral part of the infrastructure for research conducted at ENE and in the wider integrated assessment research community, in particular the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC).
The databases are part of 3-Tier web applications (Web UI, JAVA backend, ORACLE RDBMS) which have been designed and implemented over the past decade. The successful candidate will work on building a new web user interface ('portal') that is connected to the Java backend and to the existing Web UI. They will also work on new features in the backend and the REST-API that the portal might need, as well as enhance the functionality of the backend itself.
Our vision for the new web application ('portal') encompasses
Parts of the software that the selected candidate will work on are going to be open-sourced within Q1/2018. We would like a new developer to apply best practices of modern software development, like testing, modularity or clean/DRY code – and also to work with us on improving the existing code, infrastructure and tools we use.
Below are some examples as input of what we envision for the info-graphics and visualizations of the portal:
The successful candidate will closely collaborate with scientists from the Energy Program at IIASA and their international partners in addressing the following tasks:
Candidates should have the willingness and ability to work in an international multi-disciplinary team, and be flexible and adaptable in responding to deadlines. Good written and oral communication skills in English are essential.
Duties will be carried out on IIASA’s premises in Laxenburg, Austria. The successful candidate is expected to begin assignment as soon as possible and will initially be offered a one-year employment contract. Following an evaluation of the first year’s work, the appointment period may be extended.
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 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 letter of application describing your motivation for this position, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of two work-related reference persons to:
Review of applications shall begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.
Preference will be given to eligible internal applicants.
For information about this position, please contact:
Deputy Program Director Energy
+43(0) 2236 807 415
Software Programmer Energy
+43(0) 2236 807 490
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 ranks highest for quality of living for the 8th year in a row in 2017. The survey covers 450 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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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313