IIASA

Call SASAC High-level Capacity Strengthening Programme 2016

Building on the successes of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), the South African NMO and Government (Department of Science and Technology) have decided to evolve and expand its activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region by launching the new Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC).
 
One element of this initiative involves a three week capacity strengthening program to be held in South Africa at the Universities of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and Limpopo (Polokwane) from 22 August to 9 September 2016. Both the South African NMO and IIASA are keen for nationals from NMO countries to apply to attend along with participants from South Africa and Southern Africa.  The program  aims at developing a thinking approach within a wide range of disciplines which can be applied to a system e.g. a health system, a socio-economic system, a governance system, a mathematical and social system, an ecosystem services system and an engineering system. The key is to be transdisciplinary and to think across sectors.
 
Applicants should be:

-Early-career supervisors, or/and

-Early-career academics, or/and

-Postdoctoral Fellows.

The call opens on 31st May until 30th June 2016. A target of 30 participants will be selected. The program will include high-level lectures and research development seminars alongside workshops covering themes in both social and natural sciences, including policy dimensions. The main goal is to broaden the participants’ perspectives on systems analysis. For participants from IIASA member countries, the South African NMO will cover accommodation and meals for the duration of the program. Candidates will need to cover their own travel costs to and from Johannesburg.

We think this provides an excellent opportunity for early-career researchers in your country to develop their system analytical skills and gain international research exposure and so would like to encourage you to announce this opportunity to your communities. In addition if you are in a position to advise on possible sources of travel funding for nationals of your country, this may well help to increase the number of participants from your country in this innovative and interesting program.

More information can be found here

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Position as a post-doc in global water resources modeling

As part of the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) and the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL) initiatives, IIASA's Water Program (WAT) is offering a position as a post-doc in global water resources modeling.

Tasks:

  • Assist in developing the WAT      Community Water Model (CWatM)
  • Develop groundwater flow module      and water allocation module within CWatM
  • Assist in the development and      analysis of databases of river discharge, groundwater heads, soil moisture      worldwide
  • Assist developing methods for      scaling and incorporating policy and management options into macro-scale      hydrological models
  • Perform statistical analysis of      the gridded output of global hydrological model(s).
  • Publish relevant results of own      research in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scientific      conferences and workshops.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in hydrology,      environmental science, engineering or a related field
  • Proven analytical skills and ease      in manipulating large data sets and complex modeling systems
  • Experience with both river      basin scale and global scale spatial hydrological models
  • Strong interest and background      in integrative systems analysis and development of tools to support water      management decisions
  • Experience with global      circulation data, hydrological model data and climate change impact      assessments
  • Experience with global,      multi-model intercomparison initiatives (ISI-MIP)
  • Ability to write reports      independently, complying with donor requirements.
  • Programming knowledge and      proficiency (Python, Fortran, C/C++, or Java)
  • Experience with programming      libraries to handle large datasets (e.g. Netcdf) or hydrology (PCRaster)
  • Experience with geographic      information systems (ArcGIS, or QGIS)
  • Fluency in English.

Full details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found here

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Position as a post-doc in global water resources modeling WFaS

As part of the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) and the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL) initiatives, IIASA's Water Program (WAT) is offering a position as a post-doc in global water resources modeling.

Tasks:

  • Assist in developing the WAT      Community Water Model (CWatM)
  • Develop groundwater flow module      and water allocation module within CWatM
  • Assist in the development and      analysis of databases of river discharge, groundwater heads, soil moisture      worldwide
  • Assist developing methods for      scaling and incorporating policy and management options into macro-scale      hydrological models
  • Perform statistical analysis of      the gridded output of global hydrological model(s).
  • Publish relevant results of own      research in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scientific      conferences and workshops.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in hydrology,      environmental science, engineering or a related field
  • Proven analytical skills and ease      in manipulating large data sets and complex modeling systems
  • Experience with both river      basin scale and global scale spatial hydrological models
  • Strong interest and background      in integrative systems analysis and development of tools to support water      management decisions
  • Experience with global      circulation data, hydrological model data and climate change impact      assessments
  • Experience with global,      multi-model intercomparison initiatives (ISI-MIP)
  • Ability to write reports      independently, complying with donor requirements.
  • Programming knowledge and      proficiency (Python, Fortran, C/C++, or Java)
  • Experience with programming      libraries to handle large datasets (e.g. Netcdf) or hydrology (PCRaster)
  • Experience with geographic      information systems (ArcGIS, or QGIS)
  • Fluency in English.

Full details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found here

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IIASA Secretary for Administration and Head of Human Resources

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates the work of the administrative and supporting departments of IIASA including Human Resources (HR), Finance Sponsored Research (FSR), Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and Communication, Library and Media (CLM);
  • Develops objectives, strategies, plans, policies, and programs in the areas of staff planning, recruitment, training and development, compensation, benefits, personnel policy, records administration, and employee and labor relations;
  • Advises the Director General/CEO (DG/CEO) on the implementation of policies and procedures and on the interpretation of  Austrian law and possible consequences for IIASA;
  • Interacts on behalf of DG/CEO with the Austrian Foreign Ministry and other International Organizations concerning matters related to IIASA’s status as an international independent organization hosted by Austria;
  • Assists the DG/CEO in the administration and implementation of scientific recruitment; interacts on behalf of the DG/CEO with NMOs concerning contracts and staff;
  • Interacts with the Staff Association Committee on behalf of the DG/CEO;
  • Manages the IIASA insurance packages, including negotiations with private insurance companies; offers advice to staff members on questions of insurance, hospitalization, and medical care;
  • Supervises and coordinates the work of the HR Department and its related activities; supervises the planning and  monitoring of all Personnel-related budgets and authorizes financial transactions;
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of a personnel database management system as part of IIASA’s MIS;
  • Manages space allocation at IIASA in cooperation with the Technical Services Department;
  • Offers advice to staff members on job-related and personal matters.

Background and Qualifications:

  • University degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management or an equivalent;
  • Fluent English and German, including strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Good knowledge of Austrian Labor Law; as well as knowledge of international law and regulations concerning International Organizations;
  • Five to ten years of experience in the field of human resources management and admin­istration; professional experience in a      supervisory capacity and in an international envi­ronment.

Full details about the opportunity and how to apply can be found here.