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PhD position (f/m) in modeling of climate damages
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. (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.
For the BMBF-funded project SLICE: “Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Climate Extremes PIK is offering a
PhD position in modeling of climate damages
starting on 01.12.2018.
(Position number: RD2-PhD position-33-2018)
The SLICE project - partnering the Ifo Institute for Economic Research (Munich), Climate Analytics (Berlin), and the Institute for Environmental Decisions of the ETH Zurich/MeteoSwiss (Zurich, Switzerland) - aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of the economic costs of climate extremes such as floods, tropical cyclones, heatwaves or droughts by combining empirical methods with dynamic modelling from the household to the macroeconomic level.
The successful candidate will study historical and future impacts from global river floods and the viability of selected adaptation strategies ranging from physical adaptation to disaster insurance schemes. To do so, she or he, will apply and significantly extend climada, a python-based open-source toolbox for the economics of climate adaptation (github.com/davidnbresch/climada_python). This will involve assembling, processing, and analyzing large sets of gridded climate impact and socio-economic data, the construction of calibrated damage functions, and performing risk assessments under various future scenarios.
The position is funded until 31.10.2021. Remuneration is in accordance with German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13.
This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 26 hours per week.
Conduct your PhD on modeling of climate damages by applying and extending the open-source economics of climate adaptation toolbox climada.
Write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research project and present research findings at international conferences and workshops.
Contribute to the organization and conduct of stakeholder workshops with the project’s international stakeholders.
Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Computer Science, Environmental or Resource Economics, Mathematics or in a related field.
Profound expertise in object-oriented programming, preferably with python or another high-level language (e. g., C++); familiarity with Unix like environments, shell programming, and version control systems (e. g., git).
Experience in software development is a strong asset.
Profound expertise in statistics and data science (e. g., NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, scikit-learn).
First experiences in climate impact assessments or risk assessments is an advantage.
strong analytical and organisational skills,
team-oriented attitude with strong communication skills in oral and written English,
the ability to work independently and on your own initiative,
structured and goal-oriented thinking,
capacity to familarise quickly yourself with new topics,
creativity and opennes to new approaches.
an inspiring, international, and interdisciplinary work environment in one of the world’s leading research institutes on climate change impacts,
high-impact of your own research through publications in renowned international journals,
opportunities for cooperation with PIK’s national and international network of leading climate and economic research institutes,
regular research stays at the Institute for Environmental Decisions of the ETH Zurich / MeteoSwiss (Switzerland) with Prof. David N. Bresch, who will co-supervise the PhD project,
a collective pay scheme and associated benefits.
PIK seeks to increase the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourage 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, provided they fulfill the conditions for appointment,
are expressly encouraged. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be regarded favourably. PIK is also encouraging applications by parents
returning from parental leave within the availability of financial resources.
Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation including research interests, a full CV, relevant certificates including grades, contact details of two referees, and a sample of your work (e.g., a thesis, journal publication, slides of a conference presentation, working program code, or an open-source software project (e.g, on git-hub)).
Please send your full application as a single PDF document by email (Reference: RD2-PhD position-33-2018), quoting the position number
given above and mentioning where you read about the position by 07.11.2018 at the latest
to Dr. Tobias Geiger and Dr. Christian Otto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB.
For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Tobias Geiger at
Dr. Christian Otto at Christian.Otto@pik-potsdam.de.