Research Assistant/Risk Analyst/Risk Modeler

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Vienna, Austria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The mission of the IIASA RISK Program is to contribute to transforming the way societies manage risks to economic, ecological, and social systems while confronting the global trends that are amplifying these risks. The program examines environmental and socio-economic interactions across multiple scales, providing the analytical foundation for improved management and governance of natural disasters, climate change, and technological and ecological transitions. Our specialty is applying advanced methods for assessing and analysing risks and uncertainties, and designing risk governance processes, to improve policy outcomes on global change issues, such as extreme events, socio-economic development and environmental degradation.

The Project: The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team to analyze how Europe’s economy and society will be affected by climate change impacts that occur beyond its borders. The work will be conducted as part of the EU-funded project RECEIPT "REmote Climate Effects and their Impact on European sustainability, Policy and Trade". The work will involve modeling climate-related stresses on public finance caused by hurricanes or floods, and associated risks in overseas territories and globally, particularly considering the role of climate change. Potential risk management measures to reduce any effects of hazards on financial risk are to be explored as well.


The successful applicant will support the risk modeling work of the RECEIPT project under the
supervision of a senior risk modeler. Specific tasks of the successful applicant include but are not
limited to:

  • Contribute to the socioeconomic analysis and modeling of climate-related risks, in particular
    risk-based scenario stress testing of public finance across Europe as triggered by events outside
    the EU
  • Integrate latest climate scenarios into the risk modeling chain (story-lines, quantification of
    drivers and outcomes)
  • Contribute to publications in relevant journals/books and other media (e.g., press, internet)
  • Present research results in international fora
  • In line with the team spirit that prevails at IIASA, the incumbent will occasionally work on other tasks assigned by their superiors, that may 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.


The successful applicant should have a Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, mathematics, statistics, geography or other relevant fields. An understanding of the literature regarding current issues related to disaster risk management, climate change and resilience is highly desirable. Knowledge of quantitative (e.g., modeling, statistics, GIS, risk analysis, stochastic simulation) research methods is essential. The incumbent could carry out the research as part of a PhD thesis. Finally, strong English language communication and writing skills are necessary, and proficiency in other languages will be considered an asset

Appointment terms

This position is classified as ''Scientific". The successful candidate will be offered a full-time (40 hours per week) position with an initial
contract of one year and the possibility for extension thereafter. Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria.

IIASA salaries are exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria but subject to the principle of
income aggregation. For further information on benefits offered, please visit working at IIASA.

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).