Research analyst position for the RD 3


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 project “Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment”, PIK is offering a

Research analyst position (m/f/d)

 (Position number: 32-2020-Research analyst position)

in the field of climate change, security and conflicts; starting on 01.11.2020 or at the soonest thereafter.

The position is funded until April 2023 . Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a part-time position with 90%. It might be possible to increase to 100%, depending on the availability of funding.  

In a world affected by complex and interconnecting risks, we still lack a global level risk assessment delivering a holistic analysis of climate related security risks with policy recommendations. Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment addresses this gap by combining scientific climate modelling with localised conflict and context analysis. This position is meant to provide scientific and management support to the risk assessment. The successful candidate will become part of PIK’s FutureLab “Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration”. Together with the research team and the project partners, the successful candidate will contribute to the global risk analysis,  foresight analysis and identification of the best courses of action to sustain peace and security in a changing climate.

Key responsibilities:

  • Review and synthesize research in the field of climate change and conflict
  • Development of a methodology for risk and foresight assesments
  • Prepare reports, analyses, concept papers and briefings in German and English
  • Contribute to the conception and implementation of public events, expert workshops and high-level international dialogue formats with political decision-makers, civil society and science, and represent PIK at such events  
  • Interact with scientific partners and stakeholders within the project
  • Contribute to original research (optional)
  • Project management/ administration


  • A completed diploma or master's degree in political science, international relations, economics or a comparable field of study. Candidates with technical or scientific degrees are welcome if they can demonstrate comparable competence through their professional experience
  • Knowledge in the field of climate change impacts or peace and security (preferably both), acquired e.g.  via initial professional experience and/or major fields of study
  • Experience in primary and/or secondary research, demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications; and/or experience in science-based policy advice, demonstrated through relevant writings
  • Familiarity with statistical and data analysis techniques, e.g. in R, Stata or Python, is an advantage (not a required), as is familiarity with data visualization
  • Strong analytical and writing skills both in German and English are required

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, 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 and 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,
  • 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 favourably. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please apply by 18.09.2020 directly using our application form. Please include in your application file the following documents: motivation letter; CV; relevant grade certificates/transcripts; one or two recent proofs of work, e.g. excerpts from scientific publications or policy papers and contact information of two referees. For further information or to discuss the position please contact Ms. Barbora Sedova,