Vacancy: Researcher Energy Program

IIASA’s Energy Program is looking to recruit a motivated and talented researcher to join a project team working on quantitatively linking poverty and human development to national energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The successful applicant will join a project team within IIASA’s Energy Program, working on quantitatively linking poverty and human development to national energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions. This project is funded by a recently awarded European Research Council Starting Grant, called Decent Living Energy: energy and emissions thresholds for providing decent living standards to all. The purpose of the research is to advance basic science, and inform international policy efforts, such as the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative and international climate negotiations, with a view to foster equitable economic development. This project involves a wide range of issues and analyses on poverty, global justice, economics, industrial ecology, and policy. The candidate will have the opportunity to introduce and pursue new research directions related to the project.
Her/his research will focus on calculating embedded energy footprints of household consumption using input-output analysis and other tools, conducting energy engineering analyses of household energy use, and working with large amounts of data from different parts of the world, The candidate will have the opportunity to engage in other projects in the Energy program, including working with the Integrated Assessment model, MESSAGE, and its extensions. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in high-level workshops with global experts from academia and policy, and present scientific papers at conferences.The primary responsibility will lie in conducting quantitative analysis with large amounts of data. However, the ideal candidate will display flexibility and creativity in engaging in a number of activities, including writing academic articles, making presentations, and managing sub-projects. 

Applicants should have a minimum of a master’s degree together with four years or more experience, or a PhD (preferred) in economics or in science (engineering, physics) coupled with a strong economic background. Hands on experience with multi-regional input-output analysis, beyond the classroom is a must. Proficiency with statistical software such as R is preferred. Candidates should have at least three years of work experience. Previous experience and a passion for working with issues related to energy and poverty is desired. The chosen candidate must demonstrate an ability to work independently, manage project sub-tasks, and exercise excellent communication skills.

Appointment Terms:
Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria. The successful candidate is expected to begin his/her assignment by mid 2015 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 for two further years thereafter.
IIASA offers a competitive salary (based on qualifications and experience) together with a benefits package which includes moving and settlement allowances. IIASA salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria, but subject to the principle of income aggregation.The Institute’s management and staff alike are committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, and tolerance. The Institute encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.

To apply, please email a letter of application, detailed curriculum vitae, and at least one letter of recommendation plus names and contact details of two work-related reference givers via email to:
Ms. Alia Harrison, Human Resources
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Fax: (+43) 2236/713-13

Deadline for receipt of applications: 30th April 2015 


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