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Position: Buildings and Energy Researcher
Institution: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Location: Laxenburg, Wien, Austria
Duties: Contribute to the development of conceptual models of buildings service- and energy demand: identify relevant methods from the literature; improve on these; source appropriate data/measures from diverse sources; and implement analysis with a high degree of rigor; Contribute to the application and development of buildings scenarios in a complex integrated assessment model; apply the tool to address diverse research questions; Process large volumes of data on (inter alia) building sector activity, technology attributes, and consumer preferences; Produce figures, maps, and visualizations to check results and efficiently communicate findings
Requirements: PhD degree (or equivalent) or master’s degree (or equivalent) plus research experience in a related field of economics, engineering, planning, or another buildings-related field; Strong domain knowledge in the buildings sector or parts thereof; Knowledge of and hands-on experience with detailed building sector models; Programming ability, ideally in Python, R, or a similar language, as ECE develops its modeling tools using these programming languages
   
Text: Deadline: Until filled APPLY 56-2022 APPLY 56-2022 Buildings and Energy Researcher IIASA ENERGY, CLIMATE, AND ENVIRONMENT (ECE) PROGRAM We are looking to recruit a motivated and talented researcher in the area of buildings energy modeling to join the Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE Program . overview 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, macroeconomic 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). ECE’s scientific outputs inform international and national policy efforts related to climate change (e.g., implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement) and sustainable development (e.g., pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals). ECE seeks a strong candidate who can support advancing buildings-sector modeling methods as a key component of this broader research agenda. Buildings and shelter fulfill a diversity of essential human needs and are essential for both the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Consequently, global climate and sustainability transitions interact strongly with the evolution of the buildings sector. The Buildings and Energy Researcher will contribute to developing modeling methods and data to study the characteristics of and transitions in the buildings sector. They will join (and co-lead) existing research efforts, while helping identify, plan, and create new opportunities and research directions. This work will include, but is not limited to: Development and application of the MESSAGEix-Buildings model, the open source MESSAGE ix modeling framework, and related software and data sets. Complementary, quantitative analysis of the buildings sector, including floor space; renovation; energy use; material use; impacts of social and institutional changes; and policies for greenhouse gas emissions mitigation. Analysis of the impacts of lifestyle change on buildings-related behavior, activity and energy-use. Development of low energy demand scenarios, through narratives incorporating all of the above phenomena. Design and execution of model-to-model linkages, such as between sectoral choice models and IAMs. The successful candidate will also represent IIASA and ECE in contributions to ongoing, multi-institution projects and fora, such as ENGAGE , NAVIGATE , and extensions to the Low Energy Demand (LED) study like the EDITS project . tasks and responsibilities Contribute to the development of conceptual models of buildings service- and energy demand: identify relevant methods from the literature; improve on these; source appropriate data/measures from diverse sources; and implement analysis with a high degree of rigor. Contribute to the application and development of buildings scenarios in a complex integrated assessment model; apply the tool to address diverse research questions. Process large volumes of data on (inter alia) building sector activity, technology attributes, and consumer preferences. Produce figures, maps, and visualizations to check results and efficiently communicate findings. Collaboratively develop model code that is version-controlled, documented, and reproducible, to enable low-cost adaptation of methods for different spatial scopes and/or input data sets. Present methods and results to both technical and non-technical audiences. Initiate and organize conference sessions and workshops. Write reports and scientific papers to communicate findings. Contribute to ongoing and future projects, and participate in external fundraising / grant applications, related to energy and buildings sector transitions and their implication for broader sustainable development issues. 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 experience Essential: PhD degree (or equivalent) or master’s degree (or equivalent) plus research experience in a related field of economics, engineering, planning, or another buildings-related field. Strong domain knowledge in the buildings sector or parts thereof. Knowledge of and hands-on experience with detailed building sector models. Programming ability, ideally in Python, R, or a similar language, as ECE develops its modeling tools using these programming languages. Fluency in English; good presentation skills; and experience writing publications. The ability to work respectfully in an intercultural 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. Desirable: Experience in integrated assessment modeling; preferably with with models representing household heterogeneity; and/or with models of household decisions (e.g. discrete choice and random utility methods); and/or with direct modification of core methods of models. Experience with GAMS; with version control systems; with collaborative software development (i.e., in teams, as opposed to solo). 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 Researcher (R1) or Research Scholar (R2) in accordance with their corresponding profile in the IIASA profiles for research careers . WE OFFER A gross annual, full-time salary of minimum : 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 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 The names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of two work-related reference givers. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the post has been filled. 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. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the post has been filled. Deadline for receipt of applications: until filled APPLY
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