Research and project management – 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.

For  the PREVIEW project  PIK is offering

Research and project management – position (m/f/d).

 (Position number: 10-2023 Research Analyst PREVIEW)

in the field of climate change, security and conflicts, starting on 01.05.2023.

The position is funded until November 2025. 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.

Climate change is widely regarded as a risk amplifier. In particular, the increasing frequency and intensity of weather-related extreme events can undermine peace and stability. In close collaboration with the German Federal Foreign Office, the PREVIEW project aims to develop and visualize a climate-conflict vulnerability index to forsee and minimize such risks in the future. The project aims to support the well-being and agency of marginalised groups and re-examine the classical foreign policy from a feminist perspective. The position is meant to provide scientific and management support to the project. 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 development of the index, global risk analysis, and identification of the best courses of action to sustain peace and security in a changing climate.

Key responsibilities:

  • contribute to the development of a climate-conflict vulnerability index,
  • prepare reports, analyses, concept papers and briefings in German and English,
  • project management and administration,
  • 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 quantitative research,
  • write scientific papers.


  • a successfully completed diploma or master's degree in political science, 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 research, demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications,
  • experience in science-based policy advice, demonstrated through relevant writings,
  • good knowledge of statistical and data analysis techniques, e.g. in R or Python, as well as familiarity with data visualization,
  • first experience in project management is an advantage,
  • 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,
  • 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. 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 09.04.2023 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:

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Ms. Cornelia Auer Telephone +49 (0)331-288-20787.