Research Scholar in Modeling of National Energy Transformations

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

As one of the leading global Integrated Assessment Modeling (IAM) teams, the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) Program conducts research on a wide range of issues related to energy sector transitions in the context of climate change and broader sustainable development challenges. Building upon a long tradition at IIASA going back to its foundation, ECE’s modeling tools stand at the heart of the IIASA IAM framework, exploring linked solutions for energy, food, land, and water. ECE is the developer of the open-source MESSAGEix modeling framework and its extensions, which is a framework for analyzing energy transitions pathways and polices that can shape those transitions. ECE’s research is at the interface of science, policy, and society, with the purpose of informing international policy efforts, such as those related to the Paris Agreement or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assessing synergies and trade-offs between them.

The Role

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team analyzing issues related to national and regional energy transformations in various parts of the world with the aim of producing policy relevant insights and contributing to just and equitable transitions. The research will focus on modeling energy systems and their interlinkages with the other sectors of the economy, in the context of climate change mitigation and sustainable development. The selected candidate will work with a team of passionate and highly skilled modelers to further develop and apply the open source MESSAGEix modeling framework to areas more specific to national energy transitions. The incumbent will collaborate with internal and external partners for conducting energy planning studies in various countries with different potentials and challenges, including different views to energy security and sustainable development. The post-holder will develop novel methodologies tailored for analyzing country-specific research questions in the above-mentioned topics.

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