Advisor/Research Analyst


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 Director's Executive Staff  PIK is offering a position as

Advisor/Research Analyst (f/m/d)

(Position number: 09-2021-Advisor/Research Analyst)

starting as soon as possible.

The position is funded until 31.12.2022. Remuneration is in accordance with German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 22 hours per week. An increase to 30 hours per week is welcomed for the period May 2021 to July 2022.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the scientific work of the Scientific Directors Johan Rockström and Ottmar Edenhofer with a special focus on govering global commons within planetary boundaries
  • Support analytical work in international research collaborations, including (but not limited to) the Global Commons Alliance, the Earth Commission and the Food system economics Commission
  • Prepare and on occasion co-author talks, essays and publications for the Directors, including content coordination with event organizers
  • Prepare scientific research results for talks and presentations
  • Be an active member of the research analyst team supporting the Directors, being prepared to take on additional analyst tasks as they arise.


  • Master's degree in a relevant field in natural or social sciences
  • Advanced knowledge of climate science and climate impacts research
  • Demonstrated experience in the drafting of publications (scientific or popular)
  • Analytical interest in and understanding of political and scientific debates
  • Competence in administrative tasks
  • Knowledge of the functioning of academic institutions
  • Very good MS Office skills, especially Powerpoint
  • Fluency in German and English

We expect:

  • The ability to work independently, on your own initiative and in a team
  • A methodical, systematic and goal-oriented approach
  • The capacity to familarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • Creativity and openness to new approaches, organizational talent
  • Reliability, the ability to cope with stress and a high level of motivation
  • Willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.)

We offer:

  • Opportunities to gain insights into directorial scientific and operational work of an internationaly recognized research institute,
  • Engagement with the forefront of international research in Earth Systems Sciences and Climate Impacts Research,        
  • The chance to be part of a creative, interdisciplinary and welcoming team,
  • A stimulating working environment 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 also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please apply by 28.02.2021 directly using our application form.

For further information please contact Reinhild Costa, Email: .