IIASA job opportunity: Researcher in land use policies

The Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) Research Group, part of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program is offering an opportunity for an experienced climate policy analyst who will work on quantitative assessment of policies for the land use sector, and related research.

Tasks and responsibilities:

• Document current mitigation policies as being implemented in countries around the world and jointly develop GHG projections on the basis of such policies utilizing inhouse modelling tools
• Develop databases on currently implemented policies but also historical and projected GHG emissions levels for the AFOLU sector
• Manage data exchange and communication with partners and stakeholders engaged within ongoing projects
• Lead and contribute to project deliverables, reports and stakeholder communications
• 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.


• PhD or master’s degree combined with relevant research experience in at least one of the following areas: environmental sciences, political science, econometrics, data science
• Knowledge and interest in land-based climate change mitigation and international policy developments, cross-sectorial GHG projections, GHG inventories/reporting/accounting processes, UNFCCC reporting processes (e.g., NC, BUR,
NDCs, LT-LEDSs), climate finance, reducing deforestation and degradation (REDD+)
• Good overview of the intersection of climate and other national policies (mitigation focus)
• Strong analytical and quantitative skills and the ability to analyse complex problems, based on advanced modelling tools
• Full fluency in English, and the ability to communicate ideas and technical material clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, to technical and non-technical audiences
• Motivated to work in an outcome-oriented, multi-disciplinary team atmosphere with a strong focus on project work, but also able to work independently
• Skilled at writing scientific publications, project reports and policy briefs that are precise, and written with strong attention to detail
• Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, etc.,). Experience with additional software, statistical packages, data visualization as well as programming languages e.g., Tabs, R, Python, GIS tools,
GAMS) advantageous
• 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 two year fixed-term employment contract, with the possibility of extension thereafter.
Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria. Up to 100 days home office working per year also possible.

Further details can be found on the IIASA web.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 14 February 2022

Deadline: 15/02/2022

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