PhD position INFO-EW (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 work package Energy transition and demographic change: spatial and social distributive effects in the project Data-based Information Systems for Municipal Actors to Assess the Social and Economic Impacts of Energy Transition and Structural Change (INFO-EW), FutureLab Social Metabolism & Impacts at PIK is offering a

PhD position INFO-EW (m/f/d)

 (Position number: 38-2023 PhD INFO-EW)

starting on 02.10.2023.

The position is funded for three years. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 30 hours per week. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

Key responsibilities:

  • creation of a synthetic population for Germany for the base year 2022 and its projection for the year 2050 using microdata and census data based on statistical and machine learning techniques
  • modeling the impact of energy transition measures on households based on an econometric demand system
  • analysis of the interactions between demographic change and energy transition at the municipal level
  • write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research project and present research findings at international conferences,
  • liaise and maintain communication with project partners and funder, responding to information requests, preparing project progress reports and policy briefs,
  • conduct literature review and analysis, and the translation of scientific findings into policy recommendations


  • you hold a MSc degree in Industrial Ecology, Ecologocal Economics, Environmental Informatics statistics, or related fields with a quantitative, empirical orientation
  • you have expertise in statistical data analysis and are proficient in at least one programming language (e.g., R, Python, etc.); experience with R is an asset,
  • experience with household microdata or census data is an asset,
  • experience with the topics of energy transition and its distributional effects are an asset,
  • you have strong analytical and scientific writing skills.

We expect:

  • a methodical and systematic approach
  • ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • 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 English (German is an asset)
  • willingness to travel (by train) for work (project meetings, workshops etc.) and take part in further training
  • 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 values equality and diversity. We encourage applications without photo. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of ethnic and social origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, care responsibilities, or age. 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. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please apply by 23.08.2023 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 may need to request this if your application is successful. You can find further information on this website:

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Peter-Paul Pichler,

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