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Position: Research Scholar in Mathematical Economics
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Develop in close cooperation with the program director an aspirational research agenda and core modeling frameworks on the economics of disruptive changes; Proactively engage in attracting research funding, both external and internal, to finance research on this and related topics; Carry out research that advances the state-of-the-art on the topic, present the results at relevant conferences and workshops, and publish it in top-ranked peer reviewed economic journals as well as general science journals; Actively engage with other researchers in the EF Program and across other IIASA programs in establishing joint research projects; Proactively use research findings to inform policy makers (international and within national member countries), e.g. by acting as speaker on high-level policy fora or by distilling research findings into policy briefs
Requirements: Must have a PhD degree in economics or mathematics with strong complementary interest/skill across the two disciplines; candidates from other quantitative social or natural sciences will be considered if they demonstrate strong expertise and interest in mathematical economic modeling; Experience in a research environment, including demonstrated experience in managing research portfolios and (small) teams; Commensurate publication record in leading high-impact journals at the mathematics/economics interface; Strong and demonstrated modeling skills and programming proficiency
   
Text: Deadline: 19 April 2021 APPLY 08/2021 APPLY 08/2021 Research Scholar in Mathematical Economics IIASA economic frontiers (EF) program Vacancy 09/2021 The successful candidate will be working in a leading capacity in developing an aspirational research agenda on the economics of disruptive changes and carrying out research on topics within this and related areas. Background: The newly founded Economic Frontiers Program aspires to provide a comprehensive, rigorous and multidisciplinary framework for studying the changes to economic systems and behaviors that are required to shift production and consumption to patterns that are fair, sustainable and resilient. Explicit consideration will be given to (i) Economics of equal life chances, (ii) Economics of disruptive changes, (iii) Economic governance of transitional change, (iv) Economic development and wellbeing in a finite and interlinked world. The program’s research integrates tightly with the natural, environmental, population, and systems science frameworks that IIASA is leading on, thus providing the multi-disciplinary approach needed for an understanding of the transition to sustainable, fair and resilient economies. The current vacancy pertains to the research topic of economics of disruptive changes. The topic embraces a study of economic behaviors under the risk of disruptive (regime changing) shocks, including climate tipping, eco-system breakdown, pandemic shocks, but also disruptive technological or political change. The hallmark of the research is that it studies within a coherent theoretical and empirical framework the nexus of pre-shock and post-shock behaviors from the perspective of different actors and under differing scenarios. It is expected that the research agenda on the economics of disruptive changes is linked with other topics within the Economic Frontiers Program as, indeed, with research carried out within other programs and groups at IIASA. main tasks and responsibilities Develop in close cooperation with the program director an aspirational research agenda and core modeling frameworks on the economics of disruptive changes. Proactively engage in attracting research funding, both external and internal, to finance research on this and related topics. Carry out research that advances the state-of-the-art on the topic, present the results at relevant conferences and workshops, and publish it in top-ranked peer reviewed economic journals as well as general science journals. Actively engage with other researchers in the EF Program and across other IIASA programs in establishing joint research projects. Proactively use research findings to inform policy makers (international and within national member countries), e.g. by acting as speaker on high-level policy fora or by distilling research findings into policy briefs. Represent economic frontiers in capacity building by contributing to seminars and webinars and being available as supervisor in the annual IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). Act in a leading capacity in directing and supporting research carried out by more junior researchers on the topic. Represent and promote the EF Program as well as IIASA and its core values . 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. qualifications: Must have a PhD degree in economics or mathematics with strong complementary interest/skill across the two disciplines; candidates from other quantitative social or natural sciences will be considered if they demonstrate strong expertise and interest in mathematical economic modeling. Experience in a research environment, including demonstrated experience in managing research portfolios and (small) teams. Commensurate publication record in leading high-impact journals at the mathematics/ economics interface. Strong and demonstrated modeling skills and programming proficiency. Innovative and critical thinking Willingness to engage with stakeholders in communicating and devising research Proven experience in successfully attracting competitive research funding. Demonstrated willingness and ability to actively engage in collaboration within a multi-disciplinary environment. Supervisory skills at a level that is commensurate with the position, and its potential advancement to research group leadership. Fluency in English and excellent presentation skills. 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. appointment terms The selected candidate should be available to take up the position in May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. We will offer an initial full-time (40 hours per week), fixed term employment contract for two years, with the possibility for extension thereafter. There may be a possibility to consider part-time working hours. Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria. This position is classified as a ''Scientific level'' post. WE OFFER : A competitive salary based on qualifications and experience 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. 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. Details about further attractive benefits 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. Michael Kuhn , EF Program Director 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 Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume Two recent examples of your research work The names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers. Deadline for receipt of applications: 19 April 2021 APPLY 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 Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume Two recent examples of your research work The names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers. Deadline for receipt of applications: 19 April 2021 APPLY
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