IIASA is located in a former 18th century imperial palace of the Habsburg Monarchy in Laxenburg, Austria about 15 km from Vienna.


IIASA is located in a former 18th century imperial palace of the Habsburg Monarchy in Laxenburg, Austria about 15 km from Vienna. The facility has been gratefully provided by the host country Austria to the International Scientific Community. According to Mercer's 21st last annual Quality of Living survey in 2019, Vienna ranked highest for quality of living for the 10th year in a row. The survey covers nearly 500 cities worldwide and is based on 39 criteria such as political, social, economic, educational, and environmental factors. Vienna has all the facilities of a modern, progressive city, in the heart of Europe and is considered one of the most livable cities in the world.

While famous for its concert venues, opera houses, theaters, and museums, Vienna also provides opportunities for great outdoor activities on nearby Lake Neusiedl, the Vienna Woods, and the Alps. Vienna has a wealth of different research and international governmental institutions, permitting extensive dialogue at local and international level between scientists and policymakers.

The market town of Laxenburg is an exceptionally beautiful location easily reached by regular bus service from Vienna (travel time 30 minutes from Vienna’s main train station “Hauptbahnhof”). Free parking on IIASA premises for vehicle drivers.

Working Environment

IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce. This is reflected in our Core Values. We encourage qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants from countries where IIASA has a Member Organization.

We Offer

IIASA employees enjoy an attractive package of benefits which include among others:

  • A competitive salary which is exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria (subject to the principle of income aggregation) 
  • Educational subsidies for children of school age enrolled in private schools in Austria
  • A generous annual leave entitlement including five weeks of annual leave, five further institute days off, and all Austrian public holidays
  • Tax free shopping privileges
  • Relocation allowances and paid home leave (rules apply)
  • Assistance for newcomers to Austria with visa, work and residency permit applications
  • Support finding accommodation in Austria
  • Non-contributory group accident insurance coverage.

Additional Benefits

The institute also provides lots of amenities to help ensure a pleasant and healthy working environment including:

  • A subsidized canteen offering a choice of lunch menus, freshly prepared daily
  • Use of our small but well-equipped gym
  • 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
  • Invitations to many exciting social events throughout the year.