A Student Assistant Position (m/f/d)


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 East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC) convened under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) PIK is offering

A Student Assistant Position (m/f/d)

 (Position number: 62-2021-Student EPICC)

in the field of project management, starting on 01.02.2022.

The position is funded for 6 months. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 2. This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 15 hours per week. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

Key responsibilities:

  • Supporting the conceptualization and organization of internal/external event
  • Assisting in the answering of emails and other communication activities
  • Administrative issues of an international cooperation project
  • Supporting public relations (e.g. web maintenance, Twitter account)
  • Recording of internal/external meetings and events
  • Supporting the drafting of newsletters and project reports
  • Formatting of documents, preparation of power point presenations
  • Scientific researching on project-related topics


  • Advanced master student pursuing a degree in political science, social science, international development, international relations, human geography or a related field
  • Solid knowledge of climate change and its impact on human-environmental systems
  • Very good working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Social Media
  • Very good organizational skills
  • Strong interest and motivation to work on interdisciplinary topics and within an international, multicultural research team

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • a methodical and systematic approach
  • structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • creativity and openness to new approaches
  • a high level of competence in oral and written German and English, Spanish is a plus
  • reliability, the ability to cope with stress, and a high level of motivation
  • capacity for teamwork
  • organisational talent.

We offer:

  • 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,
  • flexi-time and mobile working (up to 40% of your hours),
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits as well as a subsidized travel card.

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 07.12.2021 directly using our application form.

If you hold an international higher education qualification, please also submit the Statement of Comparability from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) with your application. In the case that you do not yet have a ZAB Statement of Comparability for your qualification, please be aware that you will need to request this if your application is successful. You can find further information on this website: https://www.kmk.org/zab/central-office-for-foreign-education.html

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Ms. Andrea Kambergs via email andrea.kambergs@pik-potsdam.de.