Modeling with Impact

PhD Research position (m/f/d) at Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna

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Publication date: 
July 17, 2023


The Institute for Advanced Studies (HIS) in Vienna, Austria, our research group Energy, Environment and Sustainable Economic Structures, is looking for a researcher who is pursuing a PhD in economics and/or social sciences.

Your tasks

  • Participation in current research projects
  • Application and further development of methods in the field of economic modelling, in particular agent-based modelling
  • Performing quantitative (required) and qualitative (optional) research
  • Research according to the agreed research plan, participation in the drafting of reports
  • Carrying out research in line with the dissertation.

We expect

  • MA/MSc in one of these fields: Economics, Business, Environmental Science, Statistics, Mathematics.
  • Expertise and interest in environmental economics (or related research areas)
  • Firm intention to pursue a doctoral degree
  • Experience with statistical programs such as Matlab (preferred), R, or Stata
  • Experience with quantitative research methods, knowledge of qualitative methods desirable
  • Strong presentation and communication skills as well as excellent writing skills in German and English
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently


Our offer

  • Participation in ongoing research projects, in particular the multi-year EU project SUNRISE on the resilience of critical infrastructures (for more information, see theSunrisewebsite).
  • Opportunity to pursue own scientific interests in the context of dissertation project (preferably in one of the fields of the research group)
  • Excellent conditions for scientific publishing and for scholarly exchange on an international level
  • a collegial and young team in a non-discriminatory working environment with respectful, appreciative cooperation
  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours with the possibility of home office
  • Very good public transport connections to the institute, which is centrally located in Vienna's 8th district.


The position as Junior Researcher (PhD candidate:in) (d/w/m) will be filled from October 15th, 2023

The salary for the advertised position is based on the FWF scheme for doctoral candidates and amounts to € 2,464.80 gross per month (14x) for max. 30h/week.

The initial term of the contract is 3 years. After successful evaluation according to IHS standards, there is then the possibility of an extension.

Junior researchers are part of the IHS Doctoral Program. The contract with IHS include a dissertation agreement, which will be updated regularly over time, as well as a mentoring program.

Sounds good?

Then apply in German or English no later than September 15th, 2023 by e-mail to:

Klaus Weyerstrass


The full job advertisement can be found here: