Position of a project coordinator for Systematic Tipping Point Analysis (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 our TIPMIP project PIK is offering the

Position of a project coordinator for Systematic Tipping Point Analysis (m/f/d).

 (Position number: 08-2023 Project Coordinator)

in the field of integrated Earth system analysis, starting on 01.04.2023 or earlier.

Funding is secured until 31.12.2023 and is expected to continue for several years thereafter. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 11. This is a full-time position with a weekly working time of 40 hours per week. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency. The position can be filled on a part-time basis.

The TIPMIP project is part of the Earth Commission which was established in 2019 as part of the Global Commons Alliance. The scientific secretariat of the Earth Commission is hosted and led by Future Earth Sweden. The funds for this collaboration are provided in a grant for the Global Commons Alliance from several funders via Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers (RPA). The Earth Commission assesses and quantifies safe and just Earth system boundaries on a global scale for people and the planet, it underpins the setting of science-based targets for the global commons.

As project coordinator you will work in the field of earth system- and tipping-point-analysis and be responsible for the structural setup of the TIPMIP office.

Your work will contribute to the following Earth Commission deliverables:

  • Define and start the second iteration of the Earth Commission assessment.
  • Refine boundaries through tipping point analysis: launch and begin the TIPMIP.

Key responsibilities:

  • Setting up a central organizational hub for the TIPMIP. This includes a mailing list and a website hosting general project information, sign-up forms and potential open-access documents, TIPMIP organigram, knowledge hub.
  • Liaison with funders and administrative staff at participating institutions
  • Coordination with related projects (in particular OptimESM, OCEAN_ICE) and project proposals under development.
    Interaction with other MIPs to find synergies (e.g., CMIP, ISIMIP)
  • Convening (online/hybrid) expert workshops, and a general TIPMIP workshop targeted for autumn 2023. This is to shape the TIPMIP design through exchange with the international community.
    Developing a strategy for long-term funding (in close collaboration with scientific leadership - Ricarda Winkelmann and Earth Commission).
  • Overseeing the setup of project technical infrastructure. This includes the identification of technical needs for a MIP of that scale, such as data storage and access solutions.
  • Writing of reports.


  • Bachelor- or Master Degree in natural science or any other relevant subject
  • Organizational and coordination skills for setting up and running a central project office.
  • Correspondence in English and German with administrative staff and international high-ranking partners.
  • Excellent skills in webpage design and content management.
  • Strong inter-disciplinary interest and experience.
  • Strong coordination and team building capabilities.
  • Advanced experience in working collaboratively on science and data storage software.
  • Scientific writing skills.

We expect:

  • Ability to work on your own and create ideas for setting up a coordination office.
  • Willingness to work as part of a growing transdisciplinary team.
  • Structured and goal-oriented thinking.
  • Capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with the topics at hand.
  • Creativity and openness to new approaches.
  • Reliability, the ability to cope with stress, and a high level of motivation.
  • Capacity for teamwork.
  • Organisational talent, serving as a point-of-contact for TIPMIP matters.
  • Willingness to travel for supporting TIPMIP workshops on site.

We offer:

  • The chance to be part of a creative and growing 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 09.03.2023 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 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 Ricarda Winkelmann  (Ricarda.Winkelmann@pik-potsdam.de) or Jonathan Donges (Jonathan.Donges@pik-potsdam.de).