30 January 2019

Energy and Transport Modeler/Researcher

Vacancy 07/2019 - IIASA is looking to recruit a motivated and talented researcher in the area of transportation modeling to join the Energy Program (ENE).


The IIASA Energy Program (ENE) is taking a systems's perspective in pioneering the application of new methodologies and modeling tools with the objective of identifying viable strategies for a fundamental global energy transformation towards sustainability. Due to the multi-faceted interaction of energy with human and environmental systems, the research carried out by ENE spans many domains, including research in energy security, energy-environment linkages, energy poverty, and adopts a holistic and integrated perspective. A main strength of the Program is its ability to understand salient trade-offs and synergies between multiple policy priorities and objectives in different sectors. Building upon a long tradition at IIASA going back to its foundation, ENE’s modeling tools stand at the heart of the IIASA Integrated Assessment framework, exploring linked solutions for energy, food, land, and water.a leading research institute which conducts policy-oriented research into global challenges (www.iiasa.ac.at).  

Main Job Duties:

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team analyzing issues around energy and transport sector transitions in the context of climate change and broader sustainable development challenges. Their research will focus on modeling the implications of energy use with emphasis on the transport sector and they will work with and further develop the open source MESSAGEix model and its extensions. The purpose of the research is to inform international policy efforts, such as those related to the Paris Agreement or the Sustainable Development Goals, and assess synergies and trade-offs between them. The successful applicant is expected, among other things, to contribute to ongoing projects at IIASA, such as CD-LINKS or the Low Energy Demand (LED) study.

The position holder must be prepared to process and manage large datasets, including technology and consumer preference data, become proficient in using and developing a complex integrated assessment model, and apply the tool to respond to different research questions. In addition, the incumbent must be prepared to develop new modeling approaches and think critically and independently about her/his research as well as take over responsibility for leading projects. 

Our Requirements:

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in economics, engineering or science (e.g., mathematics, physics) and at least five years of experience in integrated assessment modeling. To complement existing expertise in the ENE program, good knowledge of and hands-on experience with detailed transport sector modeling, ideally taking into account consumer heterogeneity, would be an important asset. The expectation is that the successful candidate will contribute to ongoing and future projects that analyze energy and transport sector transitions and their implication for broader sustainable development issues.

Experience with GAMS for quantitative modeling and programming skills in R and/or Python are highly desirable, as the ENE program is developing its modeling tools using these programming languages (cf. MESSAGEix documentation). In addition, specific domain knowledge on the transport sector and skills relevant for modeling consumer decisions in the transport sector (e.g., discrete choice modeling) is highly welcome. 

IIASA offers an interdisciplinary workplace, with strong ties to a world-wide network of research institutions engaged in environmental and energy research and, in particular, on the analysis of climate change. The selected candidate will interact with leading researchers of different nationalities and is expected to conduct independent research as well as to contribute to tasks in larger collaborative research activities. In addition, the contribution to developing proposals for new research projects is expected.

Appointment Terms:

The successful candidate is expected to begin their assignment in the first half of 2019 and will initially be offered a one-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension and the potential for this to become a longer-term appointment. Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria. 

IIASA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package (moving and settlement allowances, educational grants for children of school age, and five weeks’ annual vacation). The gross salary offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. 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.

Application Requirements:

To apply, please email a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying and fit to the position together with a detailed curriculum vitae and at least one letter of recommendation to:

We shall continue to accept applications until the position has been filled. 

For further information about this opportunity, please contact:


For general information about our Institute and its research activities, please visit the IIASA Web site.

About Vienna:

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Alia Harrison

Recruitment Coordinator

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