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student research assisstant position - RD1

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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 project „REBOOST - A Boost for Rural Lignite Regions“ PIK is offering

a student research assisstant position (m/f/d)

 (Position number: 28-2020-student research position)

in economics and related fields

Subject to approval the candidat should start preferably on 15.08.2020.

The position with a monthly time of 20 hours is funded until the end of 2022. The hourly wage for 2020 with a Bachelor´s degree is 12,21 Euro and with a Master´s degree 16,60 Euro. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

Key responsibilities:

Developing and carrying out interviews in three study areas (Lusatia in Germany, Konin in Poland, Gorj in Romania). Supporting literature review process. Helping in organizing group meetings, project logistics and management.


Advanced bachelor or master student with experience in social science research methods and skills in statistical analysis. Very good German and English communication and organizational skills, Polish and Romanian would be an advantage. Interest in the transition from current high economic dependence on lignite to a low-carbon future.

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • a methodical and systematic approach
  • a high level of competence in oral and written German and English
  • willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.) and flexibility in working hours
  • organisational talent

We offer:

  • a nice international team and a beautiful campus
  • flexible working hours, insights into an international research collaboration and the possibility to partly work remotely
  • insights into the European energy transition
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme

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.

Please apply by 17.07.2020 directly using our application form.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Ilona M. Otto:

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