[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Scholar Position in Austria: Air Pollution Risks and Impact

TRACEY HOLLOWAY taholloway at wisc.edu
Fri Sep 23 13:32:25 MDT 2016

Vacancy 25/2016 - IIASA's Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program is looking
to recruit a motivated and talented researcher to work within a team analyzing the
multiple benefits of environmental policy interventions.

IIASA’s Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program is exploring the multiple benefits of
measures to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and informs decision makers
about policy interventions that simultaneously meet multiple policy targets.
Its Greenhouse gas – Air pollution Interactions and Synergies (GAINS) model identifies costeffective
portfolios of measures that reduce the health effects of human exposure to ambient and
household air pollution and contribute to development targets.

Job Duties:
To extend the analysis, the successful applicant will develop methodologies to translate scientific
findings on the health effects of a wide range of environmental risks into practical methods to
explore the effectiveness of sector policies on measurable health improvements, considering social
determinants of health.
The purpose of the research is to inform policy efforts by providing country and city-specific

Required Skills:
Knowledge of contemporary methods for health impact assessments of air pollution and other
environmental risks
Familiarity with ‘Global Burden of Disease’ studies and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Proficiency in the management of large data sets, statistical analysis and software
Excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills
Ability to manage many tasks concurrently and prioritize workload, in a pressured
environment with competing demands and high expectations
Self-manager, including the ability to demonstrate initiative and work independently
Ability to work in a multicultural environment
Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to present factual, data-driven information.

Required Experience:
Candidates should have (or be close to completing) a Doctoral degree related to health impact
assessment. Proficiency with programming and/or statistical software such as R, Python or SAS is
highly desired.
Applicants must be prepared to process and manage large datasets, become proficient with a
complex system model, and analyze results. In addition, applicants must be prepared to develop
new modeling approaches and think critically and independently about her/his research.
The selected candidate will interact with researchers of different nationalities, and have the chance
to present scientific papers at conferences and workshops. IIASA offers an interdisciplinary
Alia Harrison
Recruitment Coordinator
Human Resources
T +43(0) 2236 807 286
harrison at iiasa.ac.at
workplace, with strong ties to a world-wide network of research institutions engaged in
environmental systems research.

Appointment Terms:
Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria.
The successful candidate is expected to assume his/her duties as soon as possible in 2016 and will
be offered an initial appointment of up to two years, with an evaluation after the first one.
IIASA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package (moving and settlement
allowances, educational grants for children of school age, and five weeks’ annual vacation). IIASA
salaries are exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria but subject to the principle of
income aggregation.
IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and
inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all
religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified,
preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.
To apply, please email the following:
A detailed Curriculum Vitae
A letter of application outlining your motivation and fit to the position
The names and contact details of two work-related reference givers
At least one letter of recommendation
To: Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department,
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
E-mail: harrison at iiasa.ac.at
Deadline for receipt of applications: 30 September 2016.
For further information about this position, please contact:
Markus Amann, Program Director: Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Program.

About Laxenburg (near Vienna)
IIASA is located in a former 18th century imperial palace of the Habsburg Monarchy in Laxenburg,
Austria about 15 km from Vienna. The facility has been gratefully provided by the host country
Austria to the International Scientific Community. According to Mercer’s 18th annual Quality of
Living survey, Vienna continues its reign in the top spot for overall quality of living in 2016. The
survey covers 230 cities worldwide and is based on 39 criteria such as political, social, economic,
educational, and environmental factors. Vienna has all the facilities of a modern, progressive city,
in the heart of Europe.
While famous for its concert venues, opera houses, theaters, and museums, Vienna also provides
opportunities for great outdoor activities on nearby Lake Neusiedl, the Vienna Woods, and the
Vienna has a wealth of different research and international governmental institutions, permitting
extensive dialogue at local and international level between scientists and policymakers.
For general information about our Institute and its research activities, please visit our IIASA Web
Internal reference# 160217

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