Researcher 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 the following position, starting in winter/ spring 2021.

Researcher (m/f/d): Modeling the links between climate change mitigation and inequality

(Position number: 46-2020-Researcher)

The position is funded for 2 years or until 31.08.2023 for a PhD position, with possible extension. It 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. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. PhD positions are funded with a 65% share of the total E13 salary. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency.

Key responsibilities:

  • Integration of income inequality into the integrated assessment model REMIND, including conceptual development and numerical implementation
  • Development of an empirical foundation for the links between climate change mitigation and inequality
  • Analysis of the interaction between distributional effects of climate impacts and mitigation strategies

Candidates wishing to pursue a PhD in this area with a PIK supervisor as well as those already at postdoc level are encouraged to apply.


  • Graduate degree (Master for PhD position, PhD/Dr for Postdoc position) in economics, physics, mathematics, operations research, environmental sciences or a related field
  • Knowledge of the research areas climate change, climate change mitigation, and inequality
  • Training in formal, quantitative methods
  • Excellent analytical skills and interest in theoretical and applied modeling
  • (for Postdoc position): Demonstrated experience in publishing and presenting scientific work
  • Programming experience, knowledge of R and/or GAMS are assets
  • Experience with integrated assessment modeling 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 ().