Postdoctoral position (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.

The ISIMIP team ( at PIK brings together modellers of diverse disciplines, researching how nature and humans are impacted by climate change. Following the ideas of Open Science and Open Data, we provide high-quality climate and socioeconomic input data, and curate the output data on an online portal to facilitate the advance of transparent and cross-sectorally consistent climate impact assessments.

For the Horizon-Europe Project OptimESM, PIK is offering a

Postdoctoral position (m/f/d).
(Position number: 43-2022 PostDoc ISIMIP)

in the field of climate modelling, starting on 01.12.2022. You will take the lead in the climate data preparation for impact models - a core ISIMIP activity. This includes application and the improvement of the existing bias adjustment and statistical downscaling stack, with a particular focus on methods for precipitation and near-surface air temperature. You will assess the added value of the new tools compared to existing downscaling methods, such as ISIMIP3BASD, in pilot applications over Europe. 

You will join the ISIMIP cross-sectoral science team that works at the forefront of climate impact research. You will engage with both the climate and climate impact communities and lead the challenging and exciting exchange at their intersection.

The position is funded for two years. An extension is intended and is subject to further third-party funding. 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.

Key responsibilities:

  • coordinate the development and application of bias adjustment and statistical downscaling methods within OptimESM,
  • improve and apply the existing bias-adjustment method ISIMIP3BASD and the sta-tistical downscaling to generate the next generation of climate forcings data for the fourth round of ISIMIP,
  • curate and document ISIMIP climate input data and potential updates and caveats and communicate them to the ISIMIP community.


  • PhD in Physics, Meteorology, Mathematics, or any other relevant subject,
  • strong programming skills (ideally Python and Linux Bash Scripting),
  • advanced experience with big data processing in a Linux high-performance compu-ting environment,
  • working knowledge of bias adjustment and statistical downscaling methods,
  • advanced experience in working collaboratively on science and software.

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,
  • a high level of competence in oral and written German and English,
  • reliability, the ability to cope with stress, and 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 values equality and diversity. 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 31.10.2022 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:

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Matthias Mengel (

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