economic frontiers program
The EF Program aspires to provide a comprehensive, rigorous, and multidisciplinary framework for studying the changes to economic systems and behaviors that are required to shift production and consumption to patterns that are fair, sustainable, and resilient. Explicit consideration is given to
(i) Economics of equal life chances,
(ii) Economics of disruptive changes,
(iii) Economic governance of transitional change,
(iv) Economic development and wellbeing in a finite and interlinked world.
The program’s research integrates tightly with the natural, environmental, population, and systems science frameworks that IIASA is leading on, thus providing the multi-disciplinary approach needed for an understanding of the transition to sustainable, fair and resilient economies.
For the JUSTCOAL project, the selected candidate will study the local economic impacts of gradual versus disruptive coal transition. Expertise in mathematical modeling and/or empirical research on topics in energy and environmental economics is desirable. For the mathematical modeling, optimal control theory will be employed to study the dynamic process of long-term coal phase-out. Some knowledge of optimal control theory and numerical solution methods would be an advantage for the project.
As consortium partner for the Horrizon Europe MULTIFUTURES project, EF will lead a work package on innovative modeling design, in which clusters of CGE, energy and integrated assessment models are built to study, in an integrative way, the role of technological and lifestyle changes as pathways of the new policy scenarios. Candidates with sound knowledge of life-cycle/overlapping generations modeling, including their calibration and numerical solution would be ideal for this project. Knowledge of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) and model integration would be an additional asset for this research.
main tasks and responsibilities
The selected candidate should be available to take up the position as soon as possible in 2024. We offer an initial fixed-term, full-time (40 hours per week) employment contract for one year with possibility for extension thereafter. 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.
The successful candidate will be appointed in accordance with the IIASA profiles for research careers.
In addition, IIASA salaries are:
Further details here.
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 Member Organization.
To apply for this opportunity, you will need to provide the following documents in English: