Researcher, Systemic Risk and Resilience (SYRR) Research Group

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Laxenburg, Austria 🇦🇹

The Systemic Risk and Resilience (SYRR) research group within the IIASA  Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) Program analyses the increasingly systemic socio-ecological risks associated with global and local change, and with policy, practice and civil society co-generates options for building resilience.  SYRR develops and applies agile systems science to address social-ecological risks that are embedded in complex systems and characterised by potentially cascading, irreversible and existential consequences. We identify risk drivers, model network interactions, assess probabilistic outcomes and co-develop stakeholder-driven options with policy, practice and civil society that are applicable across scales. The group’s approach for addressing existential and systemic risk combines advanced quantitative modeling with empirical assessment and soft systems analysis approaches. 

BACKGROUND

The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team to co-develop and co-evaluate a harmonized and standardized framework for multi-hazard, multi-sector, extreme and systemic risk management and to apply this framework to the Danube Region within the EU MYRIAD Project.

THE PROJECT

MYRIAD-EU’s vision is to catalyse the required paradigm shift in disaster risk management, by co-developing the first harmonized framework for multi-hazard, multi-sector, extreme and systemic risk management. The overall aim is that by the end of MYRIAD-EU policy-makers, decision-makers, and practitioners will be able to develop forward-looking disaster risk management pathways that assess trade-offs and synergies of various strategies across sectors, hazards, and scales. The core scientific activity is to enable this through the co-development of cutting-edge knowledge, products, and services. This is done together with stakeholders (in five multi-scale Pilots (North Sea, Canary Islands, Scandinavia, Danube, Veneto). Each Pilot focuses on forward-looking DRM solutions to real-world sustainability challenges faced by six key sectors: infrastructure & transport, food & agriculture, ecosystems & forestry, energy, finance, and tourism.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful applicant will help to organize relevant stakeholder interactions, including workshops to establish the co-development of the framework, and will also significantly contribute to the development as well as application of it within a Danube region. Specifically, they will –  together with respective stakeholders and key decision makers, assist in establishing an inclusive process that ensures increased trust and open dialogue can be ascertained, and support in the effort to find policy-compatible ways forward to tackle multi-hazard risks, today and in the future.

The work will include but not be limited to:

  • Co-developing and co-evaluating a harmonized and standardized framework for multi-hazard, multi-sector, extreme and systemic risk management
  • Applying the framework to the Danube Pilot focusing on how to increase resilience to multiple disasters that can impact several interconnected countries with strong macro-economic relations
  • Providing guidelines and protocols for multi-hazard, multi-risk assessment and management
  • Supporting the collection and collation of relevant literature, data and other information
  • Performing interviews for selected key stakeholders during the project
  • Assisting with the organization and facilitation of stakeholder workshops, establishing and maintaining contacts with relevant stakeholders
  • Contribute to dissemination of knowledge and results, and support in other project-related tasks
  • In line with the team spirit that prevails at IIASA, the incumbent may occasionally work on other tasks assigned by their superiors, that might not be directly related to this appointment but where the post holder has relevant experience and skills, and/or a shortage of immediate personnel capabilities requires such.

OUR REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social or political sciences, economics, statistics, geography, environmental science, or other relevant fields
  • Expertise in disaster risk analysis, both with a qualitative social science perspective as well as more quantitative related issues
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is  necessary, and proficiency in other languages will be considered an asset
  • Good communication and  interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of the literature participatory methods, qualitative analysis and statistical analysis, risk, resilience, Matlab, ArcGIS, and/or stakeholder engagement processes is desirable
  • Proficiency with standard data editing software (e.g. MS office)
  • IIASA offers an interdisciplinary and international workplace, and the possibility to interact with researchers of different nationalities, with strong ties to a world-wide network of research institutions engaged in environmental systems research. The successful candidate must be able to work in, and have respect for, an intercultural environment, and IIASA core values.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

The selected candidate should be available to take up the position as soon as possible in 2021. We offer an initial fixed-term, full-time (40 hours per week) employment contract for one year, with the possibility of extension for a further three years thereafter. Applicants wishing to work part-time hours will also be considered.

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

The corresponding profile for this opportunity is R1 according to the IIASA profiles for research careers

WE OFFER:

minimum gross annual salary of EUR 33,000.00 (full-time), which is exempt from income tax in Austria.

The advertised salary is:

  • Negotiable, based on the qualifications, skills and experience of the selected individual.
  • Subject to deductions for health insurance and/or social security.
  • Not directly comparable with other employers in Austria, due to the unique legal status and privileges granted to IIASA.
  • Subject to the principle of income aggregation (Progressionsvorbehalt in German).

IN ADDITION:

  • Educational subsidies for children of school age enrolled in private schools in Austria.
  • A generous annual leave allowance.
  • Moving and settlement allowances and paid home leave for employees in scientific and professional categories hired from international locations.
  • Assistance for newcomers to Austria with visa, work and residency permit applications.
  • Support finding accommodation in Austria.

Further details here.  

About IIASA

IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce. This is reflected in our Core Values. We encourage qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants from countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO).

Further Information

For further information about this opportunity please contact:

Dr. Reinhard Mechler, SYRR Research Group Leader. 

For general information about working at IIASA, please contact:

Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator

Applications

To apply for this opportunity, you will need to provide the following documents in English: 

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation for and fit to the position
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • The names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers. 

Deadline for receipt of applications: 16 August 2021

Working at IIASA

WE OFFER

  • A competitive salary which is exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria (subject to the principle of income aggregation)
  • Educational subsidies for children of school age enrolled in private schools in Austria
  • A generous annual leave allowance
  • Tax free shopping privileges
  • Moving and settlement allowances and paid home leave for employees in scientific and professional categories hired from international locations (rules apply)
  • Assistance for newcomers to Austria with visa, work and residency permit applications
  • Support finding accommodation in Austria
  • Non-contributory group accident insurance coverage

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

The institute also provides lots of amenities to help ensure a pleasant and healthy working environment including:

  • The market town of Laxenburg is an exceptionally beautiful location easily reached by regular bus service from Vienna (travel time 30 minutes from Vienna’s main train station “Hauptbahnhof”) Free parking on IIASA premises for vehicle drivers
  • A subsidized canteen offering a choice of lunch menus, freshly prepared daily
  • Use of our small but well-equipped gym
  • The option to become a member of a wide range of IIASA clubs such as the music club, soccer club, and “women in science” club among others
  • Invitations to many exciting social events throughout the year

IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce. This is reflected in our Core Values. We encourage qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants from countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO).


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