Post-Doc position for modeling human migration in the context of climate change (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 European Union-funded project HABITABLE (, PIK is offering a

Post-Doc position for modeling human migration in the context of climate change (m/f/d)

(Position number: 63-2021-Post-Doc Habitable)

starting on 01.02.2022.

The position is funded until August 2024. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. 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 position may also be filled by a PhD candidate with exceptional and relevant qualifications.

The successful candidate will become a part of PIK’s FutureLab “Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration” and the working group “Impacts of climate change on human population dynamics”. The candidate will develop and evaluate numerical and/or statistical approaches to investigate potential relationships between climate change and human migration. In particular, the research will go beyond simple relationships with temperature or precipitation, to explore the influence of biophysical impact indicators (drawing on the ISIMIP project,, as well as indirect effects of climate change affecting other driving or inhibiting factors of migration. The ideal candidate should have an intrinsic interest to work in interdisciplinary teams and apply their knowledge and skills to transdisciplinary problems.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct quantitative research on human migration and mobility in the context of climate change; including investigation of potential climate change impacts on international migration patterns, and development of plausible future migration scenarios
  • Write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research projects, and present research findings at international conferences and workshops.
  • Attend project meetings, write or contribute to project reports and deliverables, and discuss and coordinate research with project partners.


  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Mathematics, (Development) Economics, or a related field
  • Very good programming skills, preferably using Python or a similar high-level language; familiarity with Unix-like environments, shell programming, and version control systems (e.g., Git)
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work reliably and independently
  • Ability to write high-quality scientific manuscripts independently
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Experience in computational statistics is an asset
  • Strong knowledge of climate change and its impacts is an advantage
  • Good communication skills in oral and written German are a plus.

We expect:

  • 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 motivation
  • willingness to travel 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 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 03.01.2022 directly using our application form. Application documents (combined in a single PDF document) should comprise a letter of motivation including research interests, a full CV, relevant certificates including grades, contact details of two referees, and a sample of your work (e.g., a thesis, journal publications, or working program code).

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:

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Jacob Schewe

Email .