07 August 2019

Research Scholar: Air Pollution and Impact Calculations

Vacancy 27/2019 – The IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program is looking to recruit a motivated and talented researcher to work within a team analyzing the multiple benefits of environmental policy interventions.


The IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program is exploring the multiple benefits of measures to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, to inform decision makers about policy interventions that simultaneously meet multiple policy targets.

Its Greenhouse Gas – Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies (GAINS) model identifies cost-effective portfolios of measures that reduce the health effects of human exposure to ambient and household air pollution and contribute to development targets.

Job duties: 

The successful applicant will develop methodologies to extend the calculations of ambient air pollution, source apportionment, and its health and other environmental impacts across a wide range of scales, from detailed city implementations to global scale assessments. They will also build on existing code and adapt as well as extend it to new applications.

The purpose of the research is to inform policy efforts by providing country- and city-specific assessments. 


  • Background in atmospheric sciences or related fields; familiarity with atmospheric             models and data
  • Strong programming skills in structured languages such as MATLAB, Python
  • Proficiency in the management of large data sets and preferably experience with               relational (SQL-based) databases
  • Experience with GIS applications would be an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills
  • Ability to manage many tasks concurrently and prioritize workload, in a pressured              environment with competing demands and high expectations
  • Self-manager, including ability to demonstrate initiative and work on their own, but            in close collaboration with the rest of the team
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to present factual, data-driven              information.


Candidates should have a degree in physical (preferentially atmospheric) sciences, or in environmental health. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields (e.g. computer science, mathematics...) together with significant work experience in the field of atmospheric sciences will also be considered. A PhD is not required but will be seen as an asset. Proficiency with programming and/or statistical software such as MATLAB, R, or Python is highly desired, as well as experience with relational databases.

Applicants must be prepared to process and manage large datasets, become proficient with a complex system model, and analyze results. In addition, applicants must be prepared to develop new modeling approaches and think critically and independently about their research. 

The selected candidate will interact with researchers of different nationalities, and have the chance to present scientific papers at conferences and workshops. IIASA offers an interdisciplinary workplace, with strong ties to a world-wide network of research institutions engaged in environmental systems research.

Appointment Terms:

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

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time (40 hours per week) position with an initial employment contract of one year and possibility for extension thereafter. The successful candidate should be available to take up the position as soon as possible in 2019.

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 the following:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of application outlining your motivation and fit to the position 
  • The names and contact details of two work-related reference givers (including title,           affiliation, e-mail, and telephone number)
  • At least one letter of recommendation.


Deadline for receipt of applications: September, 20 2019. 

For information about this position, please contact:

Dr. Gregor Kiesewetter, +43 2236 807 369.

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 our IIASA Web site.

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Last edited: 08 August 2019


Alia Harrison

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