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Position: 2 Researchers in land use modeling
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Conduct research, particularly develop new thematic modules for global analysis in the above domains, incl. data analysis and processing; Contribute to methodological and structural development of the GLOBIOM model; Apply the model in the context of research and policy projects; incl. regulatory assessments; on the impact of policy interventions on land use change and other sustainability metrics; Contribute to project deliverables, reports, stakeholder communication; Publish relevant results in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scientific conferences and workshops
Requirements: Master’s or PhD degree (or equivalent) in applied economics, such as agricultural, development, or resource economics, mathematics or environmental sciences; Experience with applied economic models, either at sector level, in the integrated assessment or general equilibrium framework is an advantage; Strong analytical, quantitative and programming skills (optimally in GAMS and R; Python or GIS tools are an advantage); Knowledge and interest for issues related to the land-use sector
   
Text: Deadline: until filled APPLY 23-2022 APPLY 23-2022 Researchers (2) in land use modeling Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) research group The IBF Research Group , part of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program , is offering two opportunities for applied economists who will work on modeling of global and regional land use and food system related sustainability issues, such as climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity, food security and poverty, at the interface between science and policy. 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 Positions: IBF is offering two research positions in land-use modeling to advance the development of selected themes related to agriculture, forestry, and land use change within the partial equilibrium model  GLOBIOM . The successful candidates will work in a large multi-disciplinary team of researchers and will contribute to the development of assigned thematic areas by applying the model in the framework of international research and policy projects. Depending on the expertise of the applicant, topics include bioenergy and biofuel policy assessments, climate change impacts and mitigation, sustainable land, water and forestry management, food security, food systems and nutrition. main tasks and responsibilities Conduct research, particularly develop new thematic modules for global analysis in the above domains, incl. data analysis and processing Contribute to methodological and structural development of the GLOBIOM model Apply the model in the context of research and policy projects - incl. regulatory assessments - on the impact of policy interventions on land use change and other sustainability metrics Contribute to project deliverables, reports, stakeholder communication Publish relevant results in peer-reviewed journals and participate 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 Master’s or PhD degree (or equivalent) in applied economics, such as agricultural, development, or resource economics, mathematics or environmental sciences Experience with applied economic models, either at sector level, in the integrated assessment or general equilibrium framework is an advantage Strong analytical, quantitative and programming skills (optimally in GAMS and R; Python or GIS tools are an advantage) Knowledge and interest for issues related to the land-use sector Capacity to take upon novel topics and lead them to successful completion within strict timelines Excellent command of English, both in spoken and written form 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 candidates should be available to take up the positions as soon as possible in 2022. We offer an initial fixed-term, two 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). The successful candidates will be hired as either researchers(R1) or research scholars(R2) according to their corresponding profile in the IIASA researcher profiles for research careers . WE OFFER A minimum gross annual, full-time salary of: EUR 33,924.00 for R1 researchers EUR 44,204.00 for R2 research scholars 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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