Postdoc position for the macroeconomic modeling group PIK


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.

PIK’s Research Department 3 – Transformation pathways – combines expertise on economic and integrated assessment modeling with state-of-the art biophysical impact modeling. In combination with the Future Lab on Inequality this provides a unique environment to push your research on the links between climate change and inequality to a new frontier. Avenues for direct stakeholder engagement and high-level policy advise give the opportunity to use your research to make a difference.

For the macroeconomic modeling group PIK is offering the following position, starting in winter / spring 2021.

Postdoc position (m/f/d): Empirical analysis of climate change impacts and inequality

 (Position number: 45-2020-Postdoc position)

The position is funded for 2 years, with possible extension. 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. The position can be filled on a part-time basis. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

Key responsibilities:

  • Empirical/econometric analysis of distributional effects of climate change impacts
  • Empirical/econometric analysis of macro-economic climate change impacts with a focus on the persistence of those effects
  • Development of linkages between the micro and the macro level, providing the foundation for inclusion of climate damages into integrated assessment models


  • Post-graduate degree (PhD/Dr) in economics, econometrics, applied mathematics, statistics, or a related field
  • Knowledge of the links between climate change impacts and  inequality
  • Training and demonstrated ability in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Interest in linking micro- and macro economics
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing and presenting scientific work
  • Training in theoretical and applied modeling is an asset
  • Programming skills; knowledge of R is an asset
  • Fluency in English

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
  • reliability and a high level of motivation
  • willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.)
  • capacity for teamwork.

We offer:

  • the chance to be part of a creative, interdisciplinary team
  • a stimulating working environment in an internationally recognized research institute on Potsdam's beautiful, historic Telegrafenberg campus, a short commuting distance from Berlin,
  • opportunities for cooperation with PIK’s national and international network of leading climate & economic research institutes and think tanks,
  • 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 favorably. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please apply by 08.01.2021 directly using our application form, clearly specifying which position you are applying for using the reference given in above.

A first round of job interview is planned directly at the beginning of the year in week 2 and another in week 4. For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Franziska Piontek ().