16 April 2019

Human Resources Generalist

Vacancy 17/2019 - If you have a broad knowledge of human resources functions, from recruiting to on-boarding and from compensation and benefits to performance evaluation, have a passion for HR, enjoy working with people from all over the world, and are familiar with Austrian labor law, then this is the place to be.


We are looking for an HR Generalist to join our team. 

Your role as an HR Generalist will be far from one-dimensional. You will undertake a wide range of tasks, such as HR administration assistance, dealing with employee benefits, organizing training, and helping to craft HR policies. You will use our Management Information System (MIS) to ensure that all staff records are kept up-to-date and that confidentiality is maintained. You will also act as one of the main points of contact for queries from staff members on a variety of HR-related topics with the aim of ensuring that the operations carried out by the HR department run smoothly and effectively and enable us to deliver maximum value to the organization as a whole.

If you have a broad knowledge of human resources functions, from recruiting to on-boarding and from compensation and benefits to performance evaluation, have a passion for HR, enjoy working with people from all over the world, and are familiar with Austrian labor law, then this is the place to be.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of a performance management system and organize annual performance reviews for employees
  • Assist in the development, implementation and updating of human resource policies and procedures in line with Austrian labor law requirements
  • Help with recruitment processes and talent acquisition
  • Conduct new hire orientations and exit interviews with staff members
  • Ensure compliance with Austrian labor regulations and IIASA internal rules and regulations
  • Organize training initiatives and support the implementation of employee development programs
  • Assist with other HR activities such as payroll and leave records, compensation and benefits; deputize for other HR team members during absences
  • Maintain positive, professional relationships with staff members at all levels
  • Perform other tasks to benefit the department as assigned by the Head of HR.

Background and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or relevant area
  • Proven experience as an HR Generalist and understanding of general human resources policies and procedures (experience in an international/multi-cultural environment and/or in a research environment will be considered an asset) 
  • Good knowledge of Austrian labor and social law
  • Expertise in specific HR areas advantageous i.e. performance management, compensation and benefits, payroll activities
  • Excellent attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize workload while effectively processing information both accurately and in a timely fashion 
  • Able to use good reasoning skills and maintain a high level of confidentiality/sensitivity
  • Achievement oriented with demonstrated problem solving abilities
  • Excellent written, verbal and social communication skills in English and German
  • Collaborative and friendly manner, able to work independently and as part of a close-knit team
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications. 

Appointment Terms:

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

The successful candidate should be available to take up the post as soon as possible in 2019 and will be offered an initial fixed-term contract for one year which, with the agreement of both parties, can be extended thereafter to an open-ended appointment. 

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 (in English, our institute's working language):

  • Cover letter outlining your motivation for and fit to the post
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers


Deadline for receipt of applications: 31 May 2019

For further 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 21st annual Quality of Living survey, Vienna ranked highest for quality of living for the 10th year in a row in 2019. The survey covers nearly 500 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 and is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world.

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 the IIASA website.

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Last edited: 17 May 2019


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