Exploratory Modeling of human-natural systems research group
We are looking to hire an outstanding researcher in the overlapping fields of Computational Economics and Data Science/Computer Science, as we are actively expanding our macroeconomic research unit. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a data-intensive macroeconomic agent-based model (ABM). Specifically, they will leverage diverse and extensive micro-datasets for model calibration, focusing on the in-depth exploration of critical aspects related to income distribution and other significant macroeconomic dynamics. Following a one-year fixed-term employment contract, we intend to offer the successful candidate an open-ended contract with IIASA.
The Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems (EM) Research Group is one of four research groups in the IIASA Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) Program. EM’s mission is to produce methodological advances that will underpin IIASA research on transformations toward sustainable social-economic-environmental systems with a focus on socioeconomic complexity, integrative Earth systems models, and macro-level systems models. As part of EM’s focus on socioeconomic complexity and building on methodological advances from the former ASA program, a novel macroeconomic ABM is developed that can compete with mainstream approaches, such as econometric and DSGE models, in out-of-sample forecasting and allows more reliable policy analysis and could revolutionize the way we monitor and forecast economic activity. This ABM has recently received the Complexity in Macroeconomics Award from the Rebuilding Macroeconomics Network in the UK and is currently used in several applications
main tasks and responsibilities
The successful applicant will contribute to developing and applying the IIASA macroeconomic agent-based model under the supervision of Dr. Sebastian Poledna. Specific tasks of the successful applicant include but are not limited to:
Qualifications and skills
The successful applicant should have a PhD (or close to finish) in economics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or other relevant fields. Thus, either an economist with the ability to work with computationally and data-intensive models or a computer scientist with economic knowledge would be suitable. Prior experience with agent-based modeling or microdata analysis is not required.
The following skills and qualifications are required:
The following experience would be highly desirable:
The successful candidate should be available to take up the position as soon as possible in 2024. We offer an initial fixed-term, full-time employment contract for one year, thereafter the appointment can become open-ended.
Eligible applicants wishing to work part-time hours may be considered.
Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria (up to 100 days per year home office working within Austria possible).
The successful candidate will be appointed in accordance with the IIASA profiles for research careers.
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:
Deadline for receipt of applications: 22 February 2024