Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Energy Systems Modeling & Analysis

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts, and sustainable development. At PIK, researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision-making.

The energy system and land use research groups of PIK’s Research Domain III “Sustainable Solutions” are pursuing a new research agenda with a focus on the sustainable energy transformation in Germany and Europe, and linkages to international climate policy. This agenda is grounded on a series of newly acquired national and international research projects.

To support the take-off and successful implementation of the above research we are offering subject to the approval of project funding 3 doctoral and 4 postdoctoral positions on the following topics:

  • Intersectoral transformation pathways for Europe
  • Environmental co-benefits of the low-carbon energy transformation
  • Renewables integration and power markets
  • Sustainable bioenergy and land use
  • Sustainable transformation of the transport sector (“Verkehrswende”)
  • Climate policy instruments for the energy sector
  • Post-Paris international climate policy

Working environment
The successful candidates will be working in the energy system research groups of Research Domain III. They will be co-supervised by Ottmar Edenhofer, Chair of Research Domain III and Professor of Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin, and the respective heads of the Energy Systems Modelling Group, Gunnar Luderer, Energy Strategies for Europe and Germany, Michael Pahle, and Land Use Management, Alexander Popp.

Suitable candidates

  • hold a Master's Degree (PhD studentships) or PhD (PostDocs) in Economics, Physics, Engineering, Environmental Sciences or a related field;
  • have training in formal, quantitative methods, excellent programming and analytical skills and interest in applied modelling;
  • are team-oriented, and possess strong communication skills.

Experience with R and economic modeling (preferably with GAMS) is an asset. Candidates for both the doctoral and postdoctoral positions should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and be open to familiarize themselves with new research fields. The working language at PIK is English.

What we offer

  • A stimulating and interdisciplinary work environment in one of the world’s leading research groups on climate change mitigation and energy systems transformation
  • Participation in solution-oriented research with immediate policy relevance
  • Contribution to international projects with impact on international assessments such as IPCC.
  • Opportunities for cooperation with PIK’s national and international network of leading climate & energy research institutes and think tanks
  • A structured PhD programme with supervision agreements, a supervision team, reporting obligations, a career development plan, a mediator team and an interdisciplinary education programme


  • The envisaged starting dates for the positions are within the first quarter of 2017.
  • Postdoc positions will be funded on the basis of a fixed-term contract for 24 months, with possible extension.
  • Doctoral positions will be funded on the basis of a 65% contract. Initial contracts will last for 2 years, an extension to the full doctorate is envisaged.
  • We offer a salary according to the German E 13 TV-L tariff scheme.

PIK seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be regarded favorably. This position can also be filled part-time. PIK encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation including research interests, a CV with the contact details of two referees, publication list (for Post-Doc applications), and a sample of your work (e.g., term paper, thesis or journal publication). The review of applications will start on November 30. The positions remain open until filled.

Please send your complete documents preferably by email to:

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Potsdam , Germany





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