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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 Domain 3 Sustainable Solutions PIK is offering

a PhD position (m/f/d)

in the field of integrated assessment modeling and economic modeling of climate change mitigation, starting as soon as possible, but not later than 01.04.2019.

(Position number: RD3-PhD Position-51-2018)

The position is funded until 31.12.2021. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 26 hours per week.

Key responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be

  • working in a project on the interaction of structural change and climate change mitigation, on economic impacts of climate change and distributional consequences
  • contributing to the development and empirical foundation of a multi-sectoral growth model to study the interaction of structural change and economic growth with climate change and climate change mitigation policies
  • preparing scenario based climate policy analyses and assessing policy instruments that help to avoid adverse distributional effects


  • Master's Degree in Economics, Physics, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, System Sciences or a related field
  • Expertise in economic growth theory or economic analysis of inequality or  empirical work on economic impacts of climate change, respectively
  • Training in formal, quantitative methods, excellent analytical skills and interest in theoretical and applied modeling (programming skills in R or GAMS are an advantage)
  • Strong motivation and good organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • Strong communication skills in English; the working language at PIK is English
  • capacity for teamwork

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,
  • participation in solution-oriented research in projects with several German and in-ternational partners and with immediate policy relevance and impact on interna-tional assessments such as IPCC reports,
  • opportunities for cooperation with PIK’s national and international network of leading climate & economic research institutes and think tanks,
  • a structured PhD programme with supervision agreements, a supervision team, reporting obligations, and a career development plan.         

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.

Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation including research interests, a CV with the contact details of two referees, certificates, detailed transcripts of university grades, a sample of your work (e.g., term paper, thesis or journal publication). Please send your full application as a single PDF document by Email (Reference: RD3-PhD Position-51-2018), quoting the position number given above and mentioning where you read about the position by 25.01.2019 at the latest to .

The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Marian Leimbach,, Telephone +49 (0)331-288-2556.

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