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2 PhD Positions in the field of Economic Impacts of Climate Change

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Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 01/07/2019
Company Name Potsdam - Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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The climate needs bright minds. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. It is one of the world's leading research institutions in its field and offers natural and social scientists from around the world an inspiring environment for excellent interdisciplinary research.

For the research group “Data-based analysis of climate decisions” at the Department of Complexity Science PIK is offering

2 PhD Positions (m/f/d)

in the field of Economic Impacts of Climate Change, starting on 01.10.2019.

(Position number: RD 4-PhD Position-18-2019)

The positions are funded for 3 years. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. These are part-time positions with a weekly working time of 26 hours per week.

Key responsibilities:

  • Investigate how future weather extremes may impact the global economy by use of different mathematical methods and modeling approaches
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary and international  research project (with the possibility of a research stay abroad)
  • Publish your results in academic journals and present them at conferences


  • a degree in mathematics, physics, economics or a related subject
  • experience with statistics, econometrics and/or machine learning are a plus
  • experience with numerical modeling is a plus
  • programming skills are a plus (e.g. Python, R or C++)
  • understanding of core climate science topics

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • creativity and openness to new approaches
  • a methodical and systematic approach
  • structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • a high level of competence in oral and written English
  • teamwork and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment

We offer:

  • the chance to be part of a creative, interdisciplinary team
  • a stimulating working environment in an internationally recognised research institute on Potsdam's beautiful, historic Telegrafenberg campus, a short commuting distance from Berlin
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits.

PIK seeks to increase the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. In cases of equal qualification and within the given legal scope, women will be given preference. Applications by persons with a migration background are expressly encouraged. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be regarded favourably. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please send your full application (including at least a letter of motivation and a CV) as a single PDF document by Email (Reference: RD 4-PhD Position-18-2019), quoting the position number given above and mentioning where you read about the position by 01.07.2019 at the latest to . The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB.

For further information or to discuss the position please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Leonie Wenz by Email ().

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