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PhD Position in the field of Development Economics

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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 2 Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities PIK is offering

a PhD Position (m/f/d)

in the field of Development Economics, starting as soon as possible, but no later than 01.03.2019.

(Position number: RD2-PhD Position-47-2018)

The candidate will contribute to a long-term research project investigating how households in rural Mongolia adapt to climate change. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the project evaluates the impact of two adaptation interventions on households with quantitative methods: (1) the provision of daily weather forecasts and medium-term projections of extreme weather events to households; and (2) an index-based weather insurance that provides indemnity payments to insured households in the aftermath of an extreme weather event. Both Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental methods will be used to establish a valid counterfactual. Moreover, the project will implement two additional waves of the Coping with Shocks in Mongolia Household Panel Survey, for which three waves were implemented between 2012 and 2015 (

The position is funded for 3 years. Remuneration is in accordance with German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 20 hours. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to designing the household survey questionnaire for waves 4 and 5 and assist in supervising its implementation in rural Mongolia. This also includes conducting a pilot survey in the field and training local project staff.
  • Assist in supervising the development and implementation of two RCTs on weather forecasts in the field in close collaboration with Mongolian project partners.
  • Analyze the data with micro-econometric methods, write scientific papers, and present results at scientific conferences.
  • Contribute to writing policy reports based on project results and participate in dissemination events targeting policymakers.
  • Contribute to project administration tasks.


  • Master in development economics, economics or econometrics.
  • Research interest in applied development economics and impact evaluation.
  • Strong background in micro-econometric methods.
  • Experience with analyzing household survey data from developing countries would be an advantage.
  • Willingness to conduct fieldwork in remote areas of rural Mongolia for several weeks. Work and/or research experience in developing countries would be an advantage.
  • Outstanding communication skills and intercultural sensitivity.
  • Very good skills in STATA.
  • Fluent English. Command of German is not mandatory, but welcome.

We offer:

  • the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in implementing a household panel survey and RCTs on a novel topic
  • 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 is also encouraging applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please send your full application, including motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates that include grades, two academic letters of recommendation, and a sample of written work (such as the Master’s thesis or a seminar paper) as a single PDF document by Email, quoting the position number given above and mentioning where you read about the position by 25.01.2019 at the latest


Peggy Gräfe

The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Peggy Gräfe

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