Student Research Assistant for the project CASCADES


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 EU funded project ‘Cascading Climate risks: towards adaptive and resilient European societies (CASCADES)’  PIK is offering a

Student Research Assistant – position (m/f/d) starting on 17.05.2021.

(Position number: 20-2021-student assistant CASCADES)

The position with a monthly working time of 40 hours is funded until November 2021 with the possibility to extend the contract. The hourly wage for 2021 with a Bachelor´s degree is 12,37 Euro and without Bachelor’s degree 10,63 Euro.

Key responsibilities:

Support of the coordination and data management of the project; by for instance editing documents, creating overviews, support workshop organisation and prepare slides for project meetings and other project presentations. Performing literature research on ‘climate hotspots outside of Europe’. Literature research for a glossary of ‘cascading climate impacts’.


  • excellent English and German communication skills
  • excellent command of MS Office tools, video conferencing and web-based file-sharing systems
  • very good organisational and time-management skills
  • knowledge and interest in climate change impact, adaptation and resilience as well as in modelling would be an advantage

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • a methodical and systematic approach
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • reliability, the ability to cope with stress, and a high level of motivation
  • capacity for teamwork

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 10.04.2020 directly using our application form.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Ms. Hetty Saes via email ()