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Position: Researcher for Migration Scenarios
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Collect and harmonize migration data; Process large volumes of data, critically assess and consolidate input migration data for the implementation into population projection models; Produce visualizations and maps to check results and communicate findings; Co-develop and implement future migration scenarios to and from Europe and rest of the world into projection models; Contribute to the development of visualization tools of projection results (process model outputs for the indicators for the online tool input database, contribute to the architecture of the tool, work with an external company on its implementation for the project website); Draft project reports, scientific publications and scientific presentations; Contribute to project deliverables and reports, and scientific publications, engage with project partners, present at internal and international scientific events
Requirements: Min. master's degree (or equivalent) or PhD degree, combined with relevant research experience in international migration and modeling; Demonstrated strong quantitative and statistical skills; Well versed in R; knowledge of Python, experience in working in STATA or other statistical packages are an advantage; Clear analytical thinking and capacity to take on novel topics; Demonstrated experience of numerical assessment and with modeling (autoregressive models/econometric models); Strong interest in population projections and scenario-based approaches is desirable; Experience with Bayesian modeling and/or population projections is an advantage
   
Text: Deadline: 23 November 2021 APPLY 40/2021 APPLY 40/2021 Researcher for Migration Scenarios population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program The IIASA POPJUS Program is looking to recruit a researcher for the Multidimensional Demographic Modeling (MDM) Research Group to work on international migration scenarios within, towards and from Europe as part of two European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding scheme projects FUME and QUANTMIG. background Quantifying Migration Scenarios for a Better Policy (QUANTMIG) aims to provide tools for understanding a range of possible migration futures in the European countries and its demographic impacts, in support for evidence-based policy making and better migration management. The aim is to advance the methodology of scenario generation and by furthering the understanding of conceptual foundations of European migration flows. The knowledge base for scenarios will include a comprehensive review of key migration drivers in origin and on the characteristics of prospective migrants. IIASA is responsible for the work packages that integrate the project’s results into a dynamic microsimulation population projections model. We also develop a range of what-if migration scenarios. A particular focus is on the development of tools for providing specific policy and planning simulations and visualization tools by different scenarios for online dissemination to policymakers, academia and other stakeholders. The project runs from February 2021 until July 2023. More at: http://www.quantmig.eu Future Migration Scenarios for Europe (FUME) focuses on understanding the patterns of migration at multiple levels, from the international over the national and regional to the local level. The project aims to determine both current and future trends of migration by looking at: 1) the major factors explaining migrant movement patterns by analysing regional and local circumstances that either attract migrants or ‘push’ potential migrants to move 2) the possible future regional sociodemographic, economic and environmental challenges that may shape future migrant movement patterns in Europe FUME will support planning and policy-making processes at many levels by formulating integrated and coherent visions of how migration to and within Europe might evolve under different scenarios relating to potential demographic, socio-economic, political and environmental challenges. The project runs from December 2019 to May 2023. More at: https://futuremigration.eu/ main tasks and responsibilities Collect and harmonize migration data Process large volumes of data, critically assess and consolidate input migration data for the implementation into population projection models Produce visualizations and maps to check results and communicate findings Co-develop and implement future migration scenarios to and from Europe and rest of the world into projection models Contribute to the development of visualization tools of projection results (process model outputs for the indicators for the online tool input database, contribute to the architecture of the tool, work with an external company on its implementation for the project website) Draft project reports, scientific publications and scientific presentations Contribute to project deliverables and reports, and scientific publications, engage with project partners, present at internal and international scientific events 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. skills, qualifications, and requirements Min. master's degree (or equivalent) or PhD degree combined with relevant research experience in international migration and modeling Demonstrated strong quantitative and statistical skills Well versed in R; knowledge of Python, experience in working in STATA or other statistical packages are an advantage Clear analytical thinking and capacity to take on novel topics Demonstrated experience of numerical assessment and with modeling (autoregressive models/econometric models) Strong interest in population projections and scenario-based approaches is desirable Experience with Bayesian modeling and/or population projections is an advantage Experience downloading and working with social media data is an advantage Ability work independently under supervision of project PIs and to meet strict deadlines Fluency in English and good presentation skills Demonstrated willingness and ability to actively engage in collaboration within a multi-disciplinary environment 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 in January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. We offer an initial fixed-term, full-time (40 hours per week) employment contract for one year, with the possibility of extension 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 (up to 100 days home office working possible). We offer The successful candidate will be appointed in accordance with the IIASA profiles for research careers as either a Researcher (R1) with a minimum salary of EURO 33,000.00 per annum or as a Research Scholar (R2) with a minimum salary of EURO 43,000.00 per annum. IIASA salaries are: 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 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 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. Michaela Potancokova or Dr. Dilek Yildiz POPJUS program. For general information about working at IIASA, please contact: recruitment@iiasa.ac.at 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: 23 November 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 A detailed Curriculum Vitae The names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers. Deadline for receipt of applications: 23 November 2021 APPLY
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