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Post-Doctoral Position - Climate Migration

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate Change, EMS & Audits
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 01/01/2019
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.

Within the project East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC), we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Climate Migration to substitute for a 1-year parental leave. The project, which overarching goal is to co-produce user-oriented climate services to better adapt to climate change in the three partner countries, consists of a team of about 17 international scientists focusing on research in the fields of capacity building and knowledge transfer, climate, hydrology and water resources, agriculture and migration. EPICC, is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), a program of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU).

For this project PIK is offering

a Post-Doctoral Position (m/f/d)

in the field of Climate Migration

to substitute for a parental leave

(Position number: EPICC-Post-Doctoral Position-44-2018)

The envisaged starting date for this position is as soon as possible. The position is expected to terminate after one year. Remuneration is in accordance with German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a full-time position with a weekly working time of 40 hours per week. Alternatively, the position can be filled on a part-time basis.

Key responsibilities:

The complex relationships between climate change and human mobility (migration, displacement, planned relocation, and entrapment/immobility) have received increasing attention in policy and planning, underpinned by more and more robust scientific knowledge. Yet the science-policy gap is still tangible in the subject area, and much can be done to improve institutional frameworks as well as local capacities to address the phenomenon comprehensively.

In this context, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct quantitative research activities on climate migration.

The Postdoctoral Researcher is a key contributor to this project. The position is located in the field of climate change-induced migration, and research should focus on migration flows under the different climate impact scenarios developed in the project.

We are looking for a researcher who is excited to actively engage in cross-disciplinary research, dialogue and team work, collaborate with social and natural scientists across all project components, and work in cooperation with three PhD students that also investigate dimensions of climate migration dynamics in the three partner countries, respectively. Beyond the research and collabortion opportunities, the candidate should also be enthusiastic to transfer the scientific results to application in policy and planning.


  • PhD in a relevant field
  • At least two years research experience working on migration, experience regarding research on the nexus of climate change and migration is a plus
  • Experience with quantitative research methods
  • Substantial knowledge on physical climate change impacts as well as their interaction with livelihoods and social systems
  • Fluent in English. Proficiency in one other language spoken in the project countries (India, Peru, Tanzania, Germany) is an asset

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • a methodical and systematic approach
  • structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • creativity and openness to new approaches
  • a high level of competence in oral and written English
  • reliability, the ability to cope with stress and a high level of motivation
  • willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.) and take part in further training
  • capacity for teamwork
  • organisational talent 

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 encourage 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 is also encouraging applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please send your full application as a single PDF document (not more than 15 MB) by Email to bewerbung@pik-potsdam.de, using the refrence subject

EPICC-Post-Doctoral Position-44-2018 and mentioning where you read about the position by 01.01.2019 at the latest.

For further informationen or to discuss the position please contact Ms. Claudia Meintzinger via Telephone +49 (0)331-288-20848.

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