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Position: Senior research scholar in applied economics
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Lead the development of selected GLOBIOM thematic areas related to agriculture, food systems, and land use change for global and/or regional analysis; Supervise the use and apply the model in the context of policy projects; incl. regulatory assessments; on the impact of policy interventions on land use change and other sustainability metrics; Provide coaching and training to other team members and participate in their professional development; Publish relevant results in authoritative peer-reviewed journals; Grow further the topics of expertise within the team, by expanding the international network and new funding acquisition
Requirements: PhD in an appropriate field with a focus on modeling combined with at least five years of relevant research experience in applied economics, such as agricultural, economics, or resource economics; Excellent knowledge of issues related to the agriculture and land use sector; Experience with large scale applied economic models, either at sector level, in the integrated assessment or general equilibrium framework, optimally in GAMS; Strong analytical, quantitative and programming skills (R, Python, GIS tools are an advantage)
   
Text: Deadline: until filled APPLY 22-2022 APPLY 22-2022 Senior research scholar in applied economics Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) research group The IBF Research Group , part of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program , is offering an opportunity for a senior applied economist who will work on thematic coordination and technical developments around the global agricultural and forest sector economic model GLOBIOM. background The IBF Research Group adopts an integrated approach to sustainable land use and ecosystems modeling taking into account i) interactions between different economic sectors, including agriculture, forestry, bioenergy, and fisheries, ii) synergies and trade-offs between multiple societal objectives, including, but not limited to, GHG emissions and climate change mitigation, climate change impacts and adaptation, food security, sustainable nutrient and water management, and biodiversity, iii) across different spatial and temporal scales, going from pixel through the country level up to the global scale, and from annual to a hundred year time horizon. The group is strongly connected to the international academic community, placing emphasis on transdisciplinary synergies and applied approaches. The work accomplished has long been recognized through regular publications in high-ranking scientific journals, and the team includes Top 1% highly cited researchers. In addition, IBF is recognized as a reliable partner in support of national policy making and international multilateral processes. the Position: IBF is offering a position for a  Senior research scholar in applied economics to advance the development of selected topics related to agriculture and land use change, such as bioenergy and biofuel policies implications, climate change impacts and mitigation, sustainable land and water management, and food systems, within the partial equilibrium model  GLOBIOM . The successful candidate will integrate a large team of researchers and will take leadership in assigned thematic areas as well as in application of the model in the framework of international research and policy projects. main tasks and responsibilities Lead the development of selected GLOBIOM thematic areas related to agriculture, food systems, and land use change for global and/or regional analysis Supervise the use and apply the model in the context of policy projects - incl. regulatory assessments - on the impact of policy interventions on land use change and other sustainability metrics Provide coaching and training to other team members and participate in their professional development Publish relevant results in authoritative peer-reviewed journals Grow further the topics of expertise within the team, by expanding the international network and new funding acquisition Participate to IIASA research dissemination in scientific conferences and workshops 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. requirements PhD in an appropriate field with a focus on modeling combined with at least five years of relevant research experience in applied economics, such as agricultural, economics, or resource economics Excellent knowledge of issues related to the agriculture and land use sector Experience with large scale applied economic models, either at sector level, in the integrated assessment or general equilibrium framework, optimally in GAMS Strong analytical, quantitative and programming skills (R, Python, GIS tools are an advantage) Capacity to take upon novel topics and lead them independently to successful completion within strict timelines Experience in coordination of small scientific teams and engaging with research/policy stakeholders Strong communication skills and the ability to explain complex economic models to laymen Proven fund-raising capacity Demonstrated ability to publish scientific articles and produce policy-relevant report on model applications Excellent command of English, both in spoken and written form Flexibility to travel 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 2022. We offer an initial fixed-term, three year, full-time (40 hours per week) employment contract with the possibility of extension thereafter. Eligible applicants wishing to work part-time hours may 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). Some travel will be expected. We are looking for a senior research scholar (R3) according to the IIASA researcher profiles for research careers . IIASA reserves the right to hire a researcher with a lower profile, and at a corresponding lower salary than the minimum 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 annual, full-time, gross annual salary of EUR 59,624.00 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 entitlement. Moving and settlement allowances and paid home leave for employees in scientific and professional categories hired from international locations. The possibility to work up to 100 days per year in home office (within Austria) 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: Mr. Michael Le Gohebel , IBF Program and Project Officer or Dr. Petr Havlik . Leader, IBF Research Group 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: 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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