The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies is looking for a new Scientific Director

31 July 2014

Michael Landesmann plans to retire from his current post and the board of the institute has initiated a formal search process for a new scientific director.

Founded in 1973, the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) is an independent economic research institute with a well-recognised position in the analysis of economic developments and structural change in Central, East and Southeast Europe (CESEE). In addition, the institute has also acquired strong expertise in analysing selected issues in international economics, as well as in the analysis of macroeconomics, labour markets, migration, industrial and regional developments in the EU and its neighbourhood. The institute is jointly funded by Austrian public institutions and private members as well as by research grants and income from research contracts. The institute participates in a large number of international research networks and coordinates several international research projects.

The Scientific Director is expected to provide leadership in maintaining and strengthening the institute’s position in the scientific community and the international research market and expanding the scientific network of the institute. She/he is also responsible for developing its research agenda, coordinating and supervising the research activities of wiiw staff and is expected to undertake own research and publish the results in leading publication outlets. The Scientific Director is in charge of formulating economic policy positions on the basis of the institute’s research and represents wiiw in the scientific and policy-making communities, and the public at large.

We are looking for an economist of international distinction with an outstanding track record, as demonstrated in published work in at least one of the relevant research areas of the institute (open economy macroeconomics, international economics, transition economies, European integration). She/he should have a clear orientation in empirical-quantitative economic research, strong connections to relevant international networks of researchers and experience in economic policy analysis. Excellent communications skills, experience in and proven ability to manage a research institution (or a research team) of a significant size, raise external research funds and provide policy advice to policy-makers at the national and European level are essential to the position.

At the moment, the position is held part time in connection with a full professorship at an (Austrian) university but other arrangements up to a full-time appointment are negotiable.

Start date: as soon as possible, preferably early in 2015.

The institute is seeking to increase its share of women in management positions. Qualified women are therefore encouraged to apply.

The decision about the appointment will be made by the board of the institute, on the basis of a recommendation by an international search committee.

Please apply (by submitting your CV, publication list and details of research, public advisory and acquisition of projects/fund raising activity) to:

c/o Elisabeth Hagen, Rahlgasse 3
A-1060 Vienna, Austria

or via e-mail to until 6 October 2014.

Of course, all applications will be treated strictly confidential.