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Two student research assistants

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The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is looking for
two student research assistants starting soon to support the work on
sustainable energy system transformation in Germany, EU and Australia

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses questions in the fields of energy system transformation, climate impacts, and sustainable development. Natural and social scientists work together to generate interdisciplinary insights that provide a sound basis for decision-making in society and policy. PIK’s historic science campus on Telegrafenberg Potsdam is in short commuting distance from Berlin. PIK seeks to increase the number of women in scientific positions.

Successful candidates would work on important and pressing questions relating to energy systems transformations in the “Global Energy Systems” group, which is part of PIK’s Research Domain III on “Sustainable Solutions”. The project is an Australian-German energy research cooperation called START. 30 researchers from Germany and Australia conduct a joint analysis of energy transition pathways by combining future scenarios with lessons learned in both countries.

Focus topics of the cooperation are technologies and policies for a reliable integration of wind and solar sources into power systems, opportunities in energy-intensive and material industries, and sustainable mobility (e.g., electric vehicles, synthetic (bio-)fuels, hydrogen cars, autonomous driving).

We look for two student research assistants, one with a rather quantitative-analytical profile and one who would help with online search, communication and project management. If you are interested in both, we are flexible to mix the areas of responsibility.

Requirements for both profiles

  • advanced bachelor or master student;
  • strong analytical and organizational skills, independence and creativity;
  • good English communication skills;
  • interest and prior knowledge about energy systems and their future transformation

Requirements for the quantitative-analytical profile

  • Experience on scientific programming with a focus on data analysis, ideally knowledge of R, MATLAB or GAMS
  • interest in data research, preparation and analyses (conversion, aggregation, checking consistency, development of automated routines)
  • experience with energy related data and initiative for searching and improving data sources (data mining)
  • interest in developing data analysis routines in R for visualizing data and model results
  • potential interest in supporting the use of the GAMS-based energy-climate-economy model REMIND (and other models of the energy system)

Requirements for the project management and communication profile

  • very good working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • very good English communication and organizational skills

The applicant should be interested to work 40-80 hours a month for 6-19 months starting soon.

PIK seeks to increase the share of women in scientific positions. In cases of equal qualification and within the given legal scope, women will be given preference. Applications by persons with a migration background, provided they fulfil the conditions for appointment, are expressly encouraged. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be regarded favorably.

Please direct your concise and convincing application (including a short CV and description in note form of where you gained/used the skills listed above, and credentials) preferably by email as a single PDF to using the reference number student research assistant-FB3-08-2018.