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Position: Program Director - Population and Just Societies Program
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Guiding and developing a diverse and multidisciplinary team of researchers from within and outside of IIASA, and recruiting additional researchers as funding permits, to conduct scientific research at the highest level; Coordinating allocation of the internal budget and external contracts for the program and attracting external research funding; Contributing to the science-policy discourse, as well as participating in scientific assessment and advisory panels; Developing international and in-house cooperation and networks on population and just societies research as it relates to IIASA research topics and programs; Contributing to the coordination of capacity development and training activities at the institute
Requirements: Have extensive experience (preferably at least 20 years) in an international and multicultural research or academic environment, inclusive of PhD training, combined with a background in interdisciplinary research, preferably related to demographic research in the contexts of human well-being, equity and global change; Be leading their research area/field internationally and have strong international reputation and recognition; Be cognizant of research opportunities in their field and recognize opportunities for path-breaking solutions to research problems; Have credible science and team management experience combined with at least five years’ experience in a research leadership position
   
Text: Deadline 19 September 2021 (midnight CEST) APPLY 27/2021 APPLY 27/2021 Program Director - Population and Just Societies Program In support of the IIASA Strategic Plan 2021-2030 and its research programs, we invite applications for the opportunity of Program Director of the IIASA Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) program background Founded in 1972, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizations ( NMOs) in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest. the population and just societies (POPJUS) program The POPJUS program is one of six IIASA research programs, together with the Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA), Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE), Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR), Economic Frontiers (EF), and Strategic Initiatives (SI) programs. POPJUS has a research agenda that seeks to produce empirical knowledge relevant for transformations towards sustainable, resilient, equitable and just societies, explore people-centric systems solutions for global challenges, and explicitly integrate the concept of equity and justice into the empirical identification of inequality of opportunity, process, and distribution. The program focuses on strengthening the human-centered and population-based approach, taking into consideration equity and the just distribution of opportunities, outcomes, and processes. In doing so, the program builds on existing strengths and expertise in population and human capital modeling as well as expertise in understanding, managing, and equitably governing systemic and existential risks associated with global change. The program delivers its research objectives through the following four well defined research groups: Equity and Justice (EQU) , Multidimensional Demographic Modeling (MDM) , Migration and Sustainable Development (MIG) , and Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing (SHAW) . MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The successful applicant will work closely with the IIASA Executive and other program directors to develop further the vision for the POPJUS program, broadening the current research portfolio to support institute-wide cross-cutting research activities. IIASA Program Directors are expected to provide research vision, innovation, leadership and strategic positioning for their individual programs. Main responsibilities will include: Guiding and developing a diverse and multidisciplinary team of researchers from within and outside of IIASA, and recruiting additional researchers as funding permits, to conduct scientific research at the highest level Coordinating allocation of the internal budget and external contracts for the program and attracting external research funding Contributing to the science-policy discourse, as well as participating in scientific assessment and advisory panels Developing international and in-house cooperation and networks on population and just societies research as it relates to IIASA research topics and programs Contributing to the coordination of capacity development and training activities at the institute Ensuring continued engagement of the 23 member countries through design of relevant projects/activities and developing initiatives to attract NMOs and donors through scientific excellence and innovative, trend-setting research Representing IIASA and interacting with institutions and research partners as well as governmental and funding bodies in member countries and other international organizations within the IIASA network Ensuring effective collaborations within their own program and across other IIASA programs/research groups Entrenching IIASA research principles into their programs, while ensuring that program objectives are met and are aligned with the IIASA Strategy and institute values. SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS Scientific excellence, visionary thinking, and management skills in interdisciplinary research and policy applications within an international setting are prerequisites for this position. In particular, candidates should Have extensive experience (preferably at least 20 years) in an international and multicultural research or academic environment, inclusive of PhD training, combined with a background in interdisciplinary research, preferably related to demographic research in the contexts of human well-being, equity and global change Be leading their research area/field internationally and have strong international reputation and recognition Be cognizant of research opportunities in their field and recognize opportunities for path-breaking solutions to research problems Have credible science and team management experience combined with at least five years’ experience in a research leadership position Lead the execution of collaborative research projects and be able to create a nurturing and creative environment in which to lead and inspire a team of researchers from different disciplines Have a strong publication and citation profile as lead author in prominent, peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as experience in policy-related analyses Have significant demonstrated experience and a proven track record in attracting international research funding Have strong networking skills and experience interacting with global, international, and national institutions as well as policy and decision makers Be familiar with systems analysis, in particular soft systems approaches Have excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills including full fluency in the English language The successful candidate must be able to work in, and have respect for, an intercultural environment, and IIASA core values . appointment terms IIASA is offering an initial appointment term of five years as program director to the successful candidate. This may be renewable for a further term of five years subject to an evaluation by the IIASA Executive. At the end of the first term as a program director, the successful applicant can opt to join the science track at IIASA. This appointment will be offered on a full-time basis only. Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria. It is foreseen that the selected candidate will take up the position by January 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter). WE OFFER The successful candidate will be appointed in accordance with the IIASA profiles for research careers as a Senior Research Scholar (R3) with a minimum salary of EURO 58,000.00 per annum or as a Principal Research Scholar (R4) with a minimum salary of EURO 77,000.00 per annum. The advertised minimum salary is: Exempt from income tax in Austria 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 entitlement 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 more> 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. Albert S. van Jaarsveld Director General For further information about employment at IIASA, please contact: recruitment@iiasa.ac.at Applications In order to apply for this opportunity, you will need to provide the following documents: A letter of application outlining your motivation and fit to the position A c urriculum vitae (including lists of publications, funding sources, scientific outreach, and supervisory responsibilities) The names and contact details of three work-related reference givers (including title, affiliation, e-mail, and telephone number) Copies of three major publications from the last three years. Deadline for receipt of applications: 19 September 2021 (midnight CEST) APPLY Applications In order to apply for this opportunity, you will need to provide the following documents: A letter of application outlining your motivation and fit to the position A c urriculum vitae (including lists of publications, funding sources, scientific outreach, and supervisory responsibilities) The names and contact details of three work-related reference givers (including title, affiliation, e-mail, and telephone number) Copies of three major publications from the last three years. Deadline for receipt of applications: 19 September 2021 (midnight CEST) APPLY
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