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Program Leader

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Location: Austria
Last Date: August 31, 2011
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Program Leader (IIASA)
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is looking for a Program Leader for the newly created Water (WAT) Program. The development of this program has been identified in IIASA’s Research Plan for 2011-2015 as a high priority. Under the general supervision of the IIASA Director, the WAT Program Leader will work closely with the Food and Water Area Leader and other Program Leaders (Closing Date: 31 August 2011).

Role and Responsibility
Under the general supervision of the IIASA Director, the WAT Program Leader will work closely with the Food and Water Area Leader and other Program Leaders with the aim to:

Build a team of researchers from within and outside of IIASA with a focus on global water security, integrated management of water resources in arid and semi-arid areas, and management of water resources used by multiple jurisdictions and nations;
Develop models, databases and analysis capabilities to support IIASA research in the major global problem areas of energy and climate change, food and water, and poverty and equity;
Coordinate the allocation of the internal budget for the Water Program and attract external research funding to supplement and expand the core budget;
Develop international and in-house cooperation and networks on integrated water resource management as it relates to IIASA’s research topics and programs.

Candidates should combine a vision for IIASA’s Water Program with scientific excellence, management and diplomatic skills, and broad experience in interdisciplinary research and policy applications in the international arena. In particular, candidates should have:

Extensive experience (at least seven years) preferably in a multicultural, international research or academic environment;
Doctoral degree or equivalent with a background in water systems science and management;
Experience in policy interaction and in-depth knowledge of the integrated water systems management or related fields;
Extensive fund raising experience (especially from sources like the European Commission, World Bank, UN, and others);
Strong networking skills with global, international and national institutions;
Ability to lead and inspire a large team of multidisciplinary researchers;
Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills as well as excellent knowledge of the English language.

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and résumé as well as the names and full contact details (including email addresses) of three work-related references along with copies of five key publications to:

Ms. Alia Harrison, Human Resources
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Fax: (+43) 2236 713-13
E-mail: harrison at

Deadline for receipt of applications 31 August 2011.

Preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries. The Institute’s management and staff alike are committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, and tolerance.

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