Postdoctoral Researcher (Ecosystems Services and Management Program)

Vienna, , AT

Vacancy 32/2016 – IIASA’s Ecosystems Services and Management Program is looking for an ambitious postdoc to take the lead in the further development, implementation, and integration of the AgriCostModel.


IIASA’s Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) conducts research on ecosystem management for the provision of services related to fiber, food, water and energy, in connection to economic, societal and environmental changes. The Program is renowned for its expertise in long-term global agricultural changes and food systems, and builds its competence by means of a pluridisciplinary team where quantitative analysis plays a strong role with a wide spectrum of models; from detailed process based biophysical models to global economic models. The Program is strongly connected to the international academic community, placing emphasis on transdisciplinary synergies and applied approaches. The work accomplished by the ESM Program has long been recognized through regular publications in high-ranking scientific journals. In addition, members of the ESM Program have been invited to participate in numerous policy-oriented consultations and large scale scientific exercises.


The AgriCostModel has been under development for several years. It has been set up as a spatially explicit engineering model to analyze costs of agricultural production for various products and management systems under different conditions. The AgriCostModel can be used for stand-alone analysis however, its main purpose is to cover the economic aspects in the context of integrated land use assessment.

Currently, IIASA is looking for an ambitious post-doc to join the Environmental Resources and Development (ERD) research group and to take the lead in the further development, implementation, and integration of the cost model.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Further develop the global costing model
  • Manage data exchange and communication with partners
  • Further integration of the model into GLOBIOM
  • Provide cost analysis for other projects within ESM
  • Provide input for externally financed projects.


  • PhD or master’s degree level with relevant experience in one of the subjects: Agricultural economics, mathematics, business informatics
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Proven experience of large scale data analysis
  • Strong programming skills (GAMS, Python, R, ArcMap)
  • Excellent command of English, both in spoken and written form
  • Ability to work well both independently as well as part of a team.

Appointment Terms:

The successful candidate will initially be offered a one-year employment contract with the possibility of extension thereafter.

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.