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Position: Research Scholars (3) in integrated assessment modeling
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Perform in-depth literature reviews of existing technologies and investigate novel mitigation approaches; Contribute to the development of the global MESSAGEix-GLOBIOM model, the open source MESSAGEix modeling framework, and related software tools and data sets; Analyze, process, and utilize large-scale panel and geospatial datasets; Investigate, prepare, and analyze integrated assessment model scenario campaigns in conjunction with senior researchers within the IACC and S3 research groups; Develop and document version-controlled collaborative modeling code that allows to re-process data and analyse datasets and model results
Requirements: A degree in a field related to integrated assessment modeling including economics, engineering, environmental science or energy systems with at least one of the following qualifications: PhD degree; Masters degree with more than five years relevant research experience
   
Text: Deadline: Until filled APPLY 21-2022 APPLY 21-2022 Research Scholars (3) in integrated assessment modeling IIASA ENERGY, CLIMATE, AND ENVIRONMENT (ECE) PROGRAM, Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC) research group and Sustainable Service Systems (S3) research group overview The Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) Program at IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) is recruiting multiple research scholars in Integrated Assessment Modeling. The ECE Program hosts one of the world’s leading Integrated Assessment Modeling (IAM) teams focusing on systems transformations toward environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The Program employs a diverse set of cutting-edge systems engineering, macroecomic and agent-based tools. The research focuses on trade-offs and synergies between multiple policy priorities and objectives, typically across multiple sectors and scales (global, regional, national, and subnational). The work informs international and national policy efforts related to climate change (e.g., the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The successful candidates will will join an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists to further develop the MESSAGEix framework and in particular the open-source MESSAGEix-GLOBIOM model. Focal Areas Ongoing research in the ECE Program span a range of areas. In particular, candidates will be considered who can strongly contribute to one or more of: 1. investigating the role and trade-offs of implementing Carbon Dioxide Removal technologies with an emphasis on negative emission technologies (NETs) at global, regional, and local scales. 2. integrating climate change impacts into the IAM framework to allow studying mitigation, residual climate impacts and adaptation options jointly. 3. increasing spatial and temporal resolution of the IAM framework to better capture challenges and associated solutions at the national and subnational scales. 4. improving the representation of various energy supply technologies in MESSAGE ix -GLOBIOM model dependent on their characteristics (“granular” vs. “lumpy” investment) system integration to better understand learning, spill-over and diffusion processes in decarbonization pathways. 5. developing, processing, and publication of scenarios related to the financial sector, such as the Network for Greening the Financial System ( https://www.ngfs.net/ngfs-scenarios-portal/ ), the UNEP-Finance Initiative ( https://www.unepfi.org/ ) and improving the representation of financial risk assessment in the IAM framework. tasks and responsibilities Perform in-depth literature reviews of existing technologies and investigate novel mitigation approaches Contribute to the development of the global MESSAGE ix -GLOBIOM model, the open source MESSAGE ix modeling framework, and related software tools and data sets Analyze, process, and utilize large-scale panel and geospatial datasets Investigate, prepare, and analyze integrated assessment model scenario campaigns in conjunction with senior researchers within the IACC and S3 research groups Develop and document version-controlled collaborative modeling code that allows to re-process data and analyse datasets and model results Maintain and disseminate relevant datasets according to FAIR data principles Publish relevant results in peer-reviewed journals and actively engage in dissemination efforts such as scientific conferences and workshops, stakeholder, and policy events. Contribute to ongoing and future projects and related deliverables, reports, stakeholder communication and capacity building activities. 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, and experience A degree in a field related to integrated assessment modeling including economics, engineering, environmental science or energy systems with at least one of the following qualifications: PhD degree Masters degree with more than five years relevant research experience Demonstrated specific domain knowledge in one or more of the above focal areas is a strong asset Demonstrated experience in tools and systems used by the ECE program (cf. MESSAGEix documentation ) including: Experience in a modern programming language, preferably Python, is essential Experience with an optimization framework (e.g., GAMS, pyomo, JuMP, etc.) is strongly preferred Experience with integrated assessment modeling is an asset Demonstrated ability to contribute to open-source projects, data provision and code-development, using git and GitHub Demonstrated ability to develop, collaborate on, and publish scientific research through peer-reviewed publications A degree of flexibility and willingness to travel Fluency in English and excellent presentation skills 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. 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). Some travel will be required. The corresponding profile for these opportunities is R2 according to 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 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 gross annual, full-time salary of: EUR 44,204.00 for R2 research scholars. The advertised 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 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. Volker Krey , IACC Research Group Leader or Dr. Bas van Ruijven , S3 Research Group Leader For general information about working at IIASA: 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 An example of an existing software (coding) project or application The names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers. Review of applications will begin immediately. 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 An example of an existing software (coding) project or application The names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers. Review of applications will begin immediately. Deadline for receipt of applications: until filled APPLY
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