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Researcher 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 Researcher 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-Researcher Position-46-2018)

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 (

Following a short training phase in Potsdam, the candidate will be based in Ulaanbaatar in the office of a project partner.

The position is funded for 1 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 . Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist in supervising the development, implementation, and monitoring of two RCTs on weather forecasts in rural Mongolia.
  • Contribute to designing the household survey questionnaire for wave 4 and assist in supervising its implementation in rural Mongolia. This also includes conducting a pilot survey in the field and training local project staff.
  • Organize und lead regular project workshops with Mongolian project partners in Ulaanbaatar.
  • Create and maintain close networks with relevant Ministries, NGOs, and international organizations in Mongolia. Represent the project before Mongolian policy stakeholders.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with stakeholders from the Mongolian insurance sector.


  • Master in development economics or related discipline.
  • Good understanding of quantitative methods for impact evaluation and Randomized Control Trials.
  • Willingness to work from Ulaanbaatar for the duration of one year. Willingness to travel to remote areas of rural Mongolia for several weeks.
  • Work and/or research experience in developing countries.
  • Outstanding communication skills and intercultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work independently and be highly self-organized. 
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel. Knowledge of STATA would be an advantage.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Command of German or Mongolian is not mandatory, but welcome.
  • Experience with analyzing household survey data from developing countries would be an advantage.

We offer:

  • 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

per email

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