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Climate Policy Analysis and Modelling (ref. pi/01, 1 or 2 years)

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Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Town/City Potsdam, Germany
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Potsdam - Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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Climate Policy Analysis and Modelling (ref. pi/01, 1 or 2 years)
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) offers the following post-doctoral position:
Background: The successful candidate will hold a PhD, ideally in economics, and have a profound knowledge of climate policy, in particular with regard to the international negotiations and EU climate policy. A PhD in a different field (e.g. political science, engineering, etc.) would be acceptable if a sufficient knowledge of economics can be demonstrated. 
Research task: The set of tasks associated with this position includes

  • high-quality research and economic analysis of current issues in climate policy, to be published in international journals in the field of economics and policy analysis
  • keeping track of developments in international, European, and domestic climate and energy policy, e.g. by following the scientific and grey literature, and by attending conferences and events
  • adding policy realism and policy relevance to the theoretical economic studies of the Policy Instruments working group
  • coordination of the flagship activity Climate Policies, i.e. synthesis and dissemination of the department’s research results on climate policy

Required skills:

  • Ability to contribute to quantitative and theoretical economic analysis, in cooperation with other researchers. Familiarity with formal analysis and quantitative modeling is therefore a strong advantage
  • Capacity to prepare policy assessments and economic institutional studies in the area of climate policy, e.g. on options for extending the EU ETS or on new proposals for an international mitigation fund

The preferred starting date for this position is 1 March or 1 April 2012. The successful candidate will become member of the working group ‘Policy Instruments Modelling’. This group is part of PIK’s Research Domain ‘Sustainable Solutions’ and headed by Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, who also serves as IPCC Co-chair of Working Group III on the Mitigation of Climate Change. 

PIK is an internationally renowned research institution in the areas of climate change, climate policy and climate economics, and provides excellent support for developing a career in these areas.
Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (E13 TV-L).

For further information, please contact Dr. Kai Lessmann (Email: lessmann [at] pik-potsdam.de, or Dr. Robert Marschinski (Email: Robert.marschihhnski [at] pik-potsdam.de.
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be favourably regarded.

Candidates should have a good command of English, and be able to demonstrate the potential for excellence in research. 

Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate-level university certificates (indicating all taken courses), relevant publications and one letter of recommendation. Electronic submission is preferred. Documents can only be sent back if an addressed and post-paid envelope is enclosed in the application.

Deadline for Applications: Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until position is filled. 

Applications should be sent to: Johann Grüneweg, Email: grueneweg [at] pik-potsdam.de, Postal address: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, P.O.Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam, Germany.

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