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Position: Research Scholar - hydrological and water resources modeling
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Development and application of the CWatM Hydrological model, and related software and data sets; Collaboratively develop model code that is version-controlled, documented, and reproducible, at different spatial and temporal resolutions; Lead the development of modules for non-climatic factors (e.g., agriculture, human water use, reservoir regulation, water quality), and incorporate policy and management options into CWatM; Write scientific papers in peer reviewed journals to communicate findings; Produce figures, maps, and visualizations to check results, and efficiently communicate findings; Present methods and results to both technical and non-technical audiences. Initiate and organize conference sessions and workshops
Requirements: PhD (or equivalent) plus research experience in hydroinformatics, hydrology, climate, environmental science, engineering, informatics or a related field. Additionally for senior research scholars: Experience (preferably at least 10 years) and a well-established international reputation and research profile; Experience with both river basin scale and continental scale spatial hydrologic models; Strong interest and background in integrative systems analysis and development of tools to support policy development; Programming knowledge and proficiency (e.g., mainly Python, but also Fortran, C/C++, GAMS)
   
Text: Deadline: until filled APPLY 07-2022 APPLY 07-2022 Research Scholar - hydrological and water resources modeling IIASA BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL RESOURCES (BNR) PROGRAM The Water Security (WAT) Research Group , within the BNR Program is looking to recruit a research scholar in global and regional scale hydrological and water resources modeling for the newly granted SOS-Water and SWAQ-Uganda projects. THE ROLE The successful candidate will work on developing the in-house open source hydrological and water resources model, Community Water Model (CWatM - https://cwatm.iiasa.ac.at ) and designing the state-of-the-art sectoral and cross-sectoral indicators to assess future hydro-meteorological risks (e.g., flood, drought, water scarcity). A key focus is on help advancing the climatic and non-climatic (i.e., human activities) attribution of hydro-meteorological events and impacts at various spatial scales, using CWatM. This involves working with other specialists such as economist, ecologists, hydrologists, modelers, stakeholders and social scientists to explore how linkages can be developed. The incumbent will need to have experience with existing hydrologic global models and broad knowledge in scenarios modeling and climate change assessments. BACKGROUND SOS-Water (Water Resources System Safe Operating Space in a Changing Climate and Society) is a European Commission funded project of Horizon Europe funding programme for research and innovation. It is a multi-disciplinary project that aims to create the foundation for a holistic and participatory assessment framework of the Safe Operating Space (SOS) for the entire water resources system, accounting concurrently for all relevant water dimensions across multiple sectors and spatial scales under the influence of socio-economic, policy, technological, and climatic changes. This framework will help to operationalize and downscale the global freshwater SOS to the continental and river basin levels and to ultimately streamline water planning and management at local to regional levels and beyond such that the allocation of water among societies, economies, and ecosystems will be economically efficient, socially fair, and resilient to shocks. SWAQ-Uganda - Sustainable Water Quality Management supporting Uganda’s development ambitions project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency. The project aims to “contribute to the sustainable management of water resources in Uganda”, integrating the water, health, agriculture, industry and environment sectors. The expected outcome is to “improved knowledge and enhanced institutional capacity in water quality management in support of policymaking and effective water resources management”. The project is led by IIASA, with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), and the Directorate of Water Resources Management of the Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment as the local partner. tasks Development and application of the CWatM Hydrological model, and related software and data sets Collaboratively develop model code that is version-controlled, documented, and reproducible, at different spatial and temporal resolutions Lead the development of modules for non-climatic factors (e.g., agriculture, human water use, reservoir regulation, water quality), and incorporate policy and management options into CWatM Write scientific papers in peer reviewed journals to communicate findings Produce figures, maps, and visualizations to check results, and efficiently communicate findings Present methods and results to both technical and non-technical audiences. Initiate and organize conference sessions and workshops Lead or contribute to ongoing and future projects, and lead or participate in external fundraising/grant applications, related to water security 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 and qualifications PhD (or equivalent) plus research experience in hydroinformatics, hydrology, climate, environmental science, engineering, informatics or a related field. Additionally for senior research scholars: Experience (preferably at least 10 years) and a well-established international reputation and research profile Experience with both river basin scale and continental scale spatial hydrologic models Strong interest and background in integrative systems analysis and development of tools to support policy development Programming knowledge and proficiency (e.g., mainly Python, but also Fortran, C/C , GAMS) Experience with geographic information systems (e.g., ArcGIS, or QGIS) Experience with concepts of subversioning, Git, GitHub, Jupyter Notebook and similar state of the art software development tools Proven analytical skills and ease in manipulating large data sets and complex modeling systems For senior research scholars: A proven record of science management, a strong publication record, proven grant-raising competencies and team-building competencies Fluency in English essential together with good presentation skills, and experience writing publications 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. We offer an initial fixed-term, one year, full-time (40 hours per week) employment contract, with the possibility of extension after the first years' work. Eligible 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 per year home office working within Austria possible). The successful candidate will be hired as a research scholar (R2) or senior research scholar (R3) according to their corresponding profile in the IIASA researcher profiles for research careers . IIASA does however, reserve the right to hire a researcher with a lower profile, and at a corresponding lower salary than the minimums stated below, if the qualifications and professional experience of the selected candidate do not meet the criteria described in the researcher profiles adequately. WE OFFER A minimum gross annual, full-time salary of: EUR 44,204.00 for R2 research scholars EUR 59,624.00 for R3 senior research scholars The advertised 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 IIASA 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. Taher Kahil , Research Group Leader, WAT research group or, Dr. Peter Burek , Research Scholar, WAT research group For general questions 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: until filled 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: until filled APPLY
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