Senior Science Officer

Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To strengthen and facilitate collaboration among IIASA Research Programs;
  • To coordinate and help implement integrative research initiatives involving IIASA Research Programs and the Institute’s global collaborative network in its National Member Organization (NMO) countries;
  • To develop and maintain communication and collaboration networks with key institutions and individuals in NMO countries;
  • To contribute to developing institutional responses at IIASA to the research and policy interests and priorities of IIASA’s NMO countries and global stakeholders;
  • To advance the application of systems analysis and advanced systems methodologies to develop solutions to the problems of modern societies;
  • To assist the IRC in its tasks, such as quality assurance of the research plan, implementation of cross-cutting research, and inter-program communication;
  • To identify and help access funding sources for supporting institutional initiatives in research, training, and policy applications;
  • To participate in the organization and execution of IIASA’s International School of Excellence;
  • To provide support to the new IIASA-Alpbach Forum Partnership and the associated Global Think Tank.


  • PhD degree in the natural sciences, social sciences, or formal sciences with demonstrated ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Clear affinity to systems analysis, global systems thinking, and the applications of systems research to global problems related to IIASA’s research agenda;
  • Ideally, demonstrated experience in planning and contributing to integrated, interdisciplinary research programs across the natural, social, and formal sciences;
  • Experience in the application of scientific analysis to the problems of modern societies;
  • Excellent communication skills in English; knowledge of other languages used in IIASA’s NMO countries is an asset;
  • Demonstrated interest in global system-science applications that lead to measurable policy impact.


  • Ability to draft reports that analyze and summarize scientific information and policy applications;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the capacity to deliver on allocated tasks and respond in a timely manner to deadlines;
  • Good interpersonal skills and readiness to work within a team environment.

Appointment Terms:

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position with an initial contract of one to two years with the possibility for extension.

IIASA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package (home leave, moving allowances, educational grants for children of school age, and five weeks’ annual vacation in addition to a number of days for consultancy). IIASA salaries are exempt from taxation in 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 female and male 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.

Duty Station: IIASA Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria


To apply, please email a cover letter and curriculum vitae (including lists of publications, funding sources, and scientific outreach), and the names and full contact details (including email addresses) of three work-related references to:

Ms. Alia Harrison, Human Resources
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Fax: (+43) 2236/713-13
E-mail: [email protected]

Deadline for receipt of applications: 4 November 2016

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 18th annual Quality of Living survey, Vienna continues its reign in the top spot for overall quality of living in 2016. The survey covers 230 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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