Research Scholar (Postdoctoral Level)

Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹

Vacancy 24/2017 –  As part of the Open Inter-Sectoral Impacts Encyclopedia (ISIpedia) project, the Water program is offering a part-time research position in integrated assessments of climate change impacts.


The successful candidate will assist in the design of state-of-the-art climate change impact indicators from multi-sectoral model simulations including water, agriculture, energy, and ecosystems. A key focus is on helping to develop the ISIpedia internet portal, which is capable of fulfilling the needs of a broad set of users, and to ensure the production of global and regional climate-impact assessments based on the ISIMIP simulation archive ( When designing the online portal, a special emphasis will be put on global and regional climate impacts at appropriate levels of aggregation and complexity, including information about model limitations, the most important sources of uncertainty, and missing process-understanding. Within this project, we will also evaluate the impacts of climate and socio-economic change, and related policies and management options to avert extreme climates. This involves working with other specialists such as economists, ecologists, hydrologists, modelers, stakeholders and social scientists to explore how linkages can be developed.

The Water (WAT) program works closely with other IIASA programs as well as several external partners working with hydrologic and integrated assessment models to perform multi-model ensemble analysis for a better understanding of future climate change impacts over different sectors such as water, agriculture, energy, and ecosystems.


  • Assist with the selection of appropriate indicators of climate change impact assessments for different sectors including water, agriculture, energy, and ecosystems;
  • Assist with the development of appropriate cross-sectoral indicators for global and regional climate change impact assessments;
  • Assist  with the design of the online portal and sector-specific visualizations with a focus on meeting the needs of the users and stakeholder interactions;
  • Assist with development methods for scaling and incorporating policy and management options into impact models;
  • Production and publication (in peer reviewed journals) of climate change impact assessments across different sectors.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in hydrology, climate, environmental science, engineering or a related field;
  • Proven analytical skills and ease in manipulating large data sets and complex modeling systems;
  • Experience with both river basin scale and global scale spatial hydrologic models;
  • Strong interest and background in integrative systems analysis and development of tools to support policy development;
  • Excellent English skills (written and oral) are essential;
  • Proven track record publishing scientific work in high-impact refereed international scientific journals;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-cultural team
  • Programming knowledge and proficiency (e.g., PCRaster, Python, Fortran, C/C++, or Java); 
  • Experience with (ArcGIS, or QGIS).

Appointment Terms:

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position as soon as possible and will initially be offered a fixed-term contract for one year, with the possibility of extension thereafter. ISIPedia projects will run for three years.

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.


Please email a cover letter, résumé, two recent examples of research work, together with the names and contact details (including e-mail) of three work-related reference givers to:

Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department,
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
E-mail: [email protected]

Deadline for receipt of applications 20 September 2017.