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Three open positions-Food System Economist-Quantitative Modeller-Research Analyst

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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.

PIK, the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), and EAT have convened an independent and interdisciplinary academic Food System Economics (FSE) Commission. The FSE Commission aims at delivering a state-of-the-art scientific assessment on the economics of the transition to healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems. The Commission will provide a comprehensive economic assessment of current food systems, their unaccounted environmental, health, and social costs, and the distributional impacts of the transition. This will create new insights to support the required policy design.

For the Secretariat of the FSE Commission PIK has three open positions.

Food System Economist / Food System Scientist (m/f/d)
(Position number: 23-2020-Economist/Scientist)

Please apply by 15.06.2020 directly using our application form.

The application procedure will remain open until the position is filled.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute economic expertise and support the scientific work of the Commission
  • Analyse transformation pathways in global food systems
  • Support background briefings, writing scientific texts and reports
  • Conduct data collection, literature reviews, and integration of research results
  • Present the Commission and its outcomes at scientific and public events
  • Support other communication and outreach activities

Requirements:

  • PhD in economics, agric. economics, agricultural or food sciences, or similar fields
  • Advanced knowledge in climate, sustainability, food, and land-use change research
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing and presenting scientific work
  • Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • Experience with data analysis software (ideally in R)

Quantitative Modeller
(economist, physicist, information scientist, system scientist or similar)
(m/f/d)
(Position number: 24-2020-Quantitative Modeller)

Please apply by 15.06.2020 directly using our application form.

The application procedure will remain open until the position is filled.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support scientific work of the Commission
  • Co-develop the MAgPIE open-source framework for spatially explicit economic modeling of global land systems (github.com/magpiemodel/magpie), as a full member of the development team at PIK
  • Analyse possible transformation pathways in global food systems, land-use change, dietary change, innovation in agricultural management, and carbon sequestration
  • Quantify the economic impacts of food systems, e.g. on food prices, environmental pollution, resource use, and malnutrition

Requirements:

  • Postgraduate degree (Master/PhD) in agricultural economics, food economics environmental economics, physics, mathematics, computer science or related fields  
  • Training in formal quantitative methods and excellent analytical skills
  • Interest in applied economic modelling
  • Engagement in teamwork and skills in structuring team processes
  • Engagement in knowledge sharing and code review
  • Advanced programming skills (ideally in R and GAMS)

Research Analyst
(scientific writing and editing, research communication, coordination) (m/f/d)
(Position number: 25-2020-Research Analyst)

Please apply by 15.06.2020 directly using our application form.

The application procedure will remain open until the position is filled.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide operational support to the scientific secretariat of the FSE Commission
  • Support the scientific work of PIK Director Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer in his role as Co-Chair of the FSE Commission
  • Coordinate the work of high-level experts
  • Contribute to the Commission’s scientific work through scientific writing and editing, and own scientific contributions such as structured literature reviews
  • Prepare background briefings, overviews of Commission debates, and presentation material for the Co-Chair as needed
  • Manage PIK’s Commission-related administrative processes
  • Financial planning and operational management of the scientific secretariat at PIK
  • Project management, monitoring and time planning, risk management and intervention; coordination with donors and funding bodies

Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in a relevant subject area (natural and social sciences apply, with preference for economics)
  • Demonstrated experience in the drafting of publications and scientific editing
  • Advanced knowledge of climate change, agriculture, food, or public health issues
  • Competence in administrative and operational tasks in academic institutions
  • Computer literacy in standard software

For all positions, we expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • a keen interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • an outstanding scientific track record and international research profile
  • a methodical and systematic approach; structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • 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.)
  • capacity for teamwork and willing to take part in further training
  • organisational talent

We offer:

  • the chance to be part of a creative, interdisciplinary team and strong day-to-day interactions with the land-use group at PIK
  • the opportunity to gain insights into the workings of a high-impact academic commission with thought leaders from multiple disciplines and international institutions
  • Engagement with the forefront of international research on the economics of food system change and climate resilience
  • a stimulating working environment in an internationally recognised research institute on Potsdam's beautiful, historic Telegrafenberg campus, a short distance from Berlin
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits

The positions are located in PIK Research Departments Climate Resilience and Transformation Pathways, starting on 01.08.2020. The positions are funded for three years conditional upon funding. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E13. These are full-time positions with a working time of 40 hours per week. They can be filled on a part-time basis. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

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 and referring to one or more of the position profiles above, a CV with contact details of two referees, a sample of your work (e.g. term paper, thesis or journal publication, GitHub profile or similar). Please submit your full application as a single PDF document.

Contact for further information: Prof. Hermann Lotze-Campen at rd2jobs@pik-potsdam.de .

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