Student Research Assistant for project ADAPT


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 BMBF funded project “Assisting Households to Adapt to Climate Change in Mongolia (ADAPT)” PIK is offering a

Student Research Assistant – position (m/f/d)

 (Position number: 44-2020-student research assistant)

in the field of economics, starting as soon as possible.

The position is funded for 7months. This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 10-15 hours per week. The current hourly rate for a student assistant with a Bachelor's degree is 12,21 € and 10,49 € without a Bachelor's degree.

The candidate will contribute to a research project investigating how households in rural Mongolia are affected by and adapt to climate change ( Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the project implements a large household panel survey in Mongolia in cooperation with the National Statistical Office of Mongolia.

Key responsibilities:

The student will assist the team of researchers in preparing the questionnaire of the house-hold survey. This involves, for example, searching for information on dzud forecasts in Mon-golia. He/she will also assist in communications with our Mongolian project partners and in project management tasks. This includes translating documents from English to Mongolian and vice versa, interpreting during phone calls with Mongolian project partners, and assisting with organizing workshops in Berlin and Ulaanbaatar.

You are studying for a Bachelor's or Master's degree (e.g. in social sciences, economics or humanities) and you have the following qualifications:

  • Fluency in spoken and written Mongolian
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Command of German is not mandatory, but would be an advantage
  • Excellent working knowledge of standard office software (MS Office)
  • At least 1 year of completed university coursework
  • Interest in development economics

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • 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
  • the possibility to partially work remotely

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.

Applicants must already have a german income tax card (Lohnsteuerkarte) and a german social security card (Sozialversicherungsausweis). Moreover, applicants must be enrolled at a university. Please include in your application a letter of motivation in English, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates that include grades, and, if available, reference letters from previous jobs.

Please apply directly using our application form. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Kati Krähnert ().