supervisor_account The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
room Laxenburg, Austria
stars Senior

Research Software Engineer (m/f/x) at The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis


  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, design, manage, and implement complex software development projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team for software solutions development purposes.
  • Experience in mentoring less experienced colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality software development.
  • Preferably, the successful candidate will hold an MS, or equivalent degree in a field computer science and have a strong interest in scientific software development. Candidates with a background related to land use, economic modeling, or related fields, if experienced software practitioners, are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants should have hands-on experience with developing software and have good experience with one or more of the scientific computing ecosystems surrounding the Python, R, or Julia languages. Familiarity with GAMS, C/C++, or Java is a plus.
  • Experience with version control systems (Subversion/Git) is a must, and familiarity with the GitHub or GitLab platforms is desirable. Knowledge of test automation, CI/CD, containerization, and other dev-ops practices is an advantage, as is an affinity with web development and standards.
  • Applicants should have the willingness and ability to work in an international multi-disciplinary team and be flexible and adaptable in responding to deadlines. Good written and verbal communication skills in English are essential.

Scope of Work

  • Lead the design and implementation of the iBIOM technical infrastructure.
  • Manage and further develop the technical infrastructure surrounding GLOBIOM and other team efforts.
  • Create interactive web front ends (both for data access and model operation).
  • Participate in fundraising for the IT infrastructure maintenance and development
  • Contribute to ongoing research activities by implementing new features in scientific software in close collaboration with scientific staff.
  • Set up and maintain relational databases, geospatial data stores, define data templates, and provide general support to data management.
  • Provide user support, training, and guidance on the use of tools and best-practices in software development to IBF staff and collaborators.
  • Assist in the design, development, and implementation of new tools and services in support of the team’s research and community communication efforts, incl. documentation.
  • Configure and manage cloud deployments (including interfaces between models and data stores).
  • Containerize models and other workloads.
  • Script tests and pipelines (unit/functional/integration tests, CI/CD pipelines, workflow pipelines, etc.,).


A minimum gross full-time (40 hours per week) annual salary of EUR 41,700.00 

The advertised salary is:

  • Exempt from income tax in Austria.
  • Negotiable, based on the qualifications, skills and experience of the selected individual.
  • Subject to deductions for health insurance and/or social security.
  • Not directly comparable with other employers in Austria, due to the unique legal status and privileges granted to IIASA.
  • Subject to the principle of income aggregation (Progressionsvorbehalt in German).

Additional benefits

  • Educational subsidies for children of school age enrolled in private schools in Austria.
  • A generous annual leave allowance.
  • Moving and settlement allowances and paid home leave for employees in scientific and professional categories hired from international locations.
  • Assistance for newcomers to Austria with visa, work and residency permit applications.
  • Support finding accommodation in Austria.
  • The option to become a member of a wide range of IIASA clubs such as the tennis, music, soccer,  and “women in science” club - to name but a few.

Further details here.  

About The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by prestigious research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.


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