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Post-Doctoral Position in the field of Climate Migration
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (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
For a project convened under the International Climate Initiative (IKI), PIK is
in the field of Climate Migration
(Position number: EPICC-Postdoc-12-2018)
The envisaged starting date for this position is as soon as possible and subject to
approval of funding. The position is expected to terminate on the 31rd December 2020. Remuneration is in accordance with German public tariff scheme
(TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a full-time position with a weekly
working time of 40 hours per week. Appointment is conditional on approval by
the funding agency. Alternatively, the position can be filled on a part-time basis.
The complex relationships between climate change and human mobility
(migration, displacement, planned relocation, and entrapment/immobility) have
received increasing attention in policy and planning, underpinned by more and
more robust scientific knowledge. Yet the science-policy gap is still tangible in
the subject area, and much can be done to improve institutional frameworks as
well as local capacities to address the phenomenon comprehensively.
In this context, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is
looking for a Post-doctoral Researcher to conduct and supervise research activities
on climate migration and engage with policy solutions and capacity development.
Candidates should have a background in migration studies, international relations,
political science, international development, sociology, human geography, or a
The position is part of an international, multi-year project with several fellow
researchers at PIK and beyond. The project offers a special opportunity to
transform scientific research into user-oriented climate services and policy,
working together with the governments of India, Tanzania and Peru, as well as
several research institutes and non-governmental and inter-governmental
institutions. As an applied research project, it seeks to enable each country to
better adapt to climate change in the complementary fields Climate, Hydrology
and Water Resources, Agriculture, and Migration. The project, which will be
named EPICC, is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), a program of
the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building
and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMUB).
The Postdoctoral Researcher, by leading the migration module with scientific rigor
and applied experience in stakeholder engagement, will be a key contributor to
this project. The position is located in the field of climate change-induced
migration, and research should focus on migration flows under the different
climate impact scenarios developed in the project.
We are looking for a researcher who is excited to actively engage in crossdisciplinary
research, dialogue and team work, collaborate with social and natural
scientists across all project components, and work in cooperation with three PhD
students that also investigate dimensions of climate migration dynamics in the
three partner countries, respectively. Beyond the research and collabortion
opportunities, the candidate should also be well-experienced in stakeholder
engagement and enthusiastic to transfer the scientific results to application in
policy and planning through active collaboration with governmental and private
partners in the target countries.
PhD in Migration Studies, International Relations, Political Science, International
Development, Sociology, Human Geography, Demography or a related field
At least two years experience working on the nexus of climate change and
migration, ideally both in research and policy
Substantial knowledge on physical climate change impacts as well as their
interaction with livelihoods and social systems
Fluent in English. Candidates proficient in one other language spoken in the
project partner countries (India, Peru, Tanzania) will be strongly preferred
Devoted to cooperate with three PhD students, manage projects, engage with
partner institutions, and transfer results to the policy level
the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
a methodical and systematic approach
structured and goal-oriented thinking
capacity to familiarise quickly yourself with new topics
creativity and openness to new approaches
a high level of competence in oral and written English
reliability, the ability to cope with stress and a high level of motivation
willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.) and take part
in further training
capacity for teamwork
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, 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.
Please send your full application as a single PDF document (not more than
15 MB) by Email to the Project Coordinator Claudia Meintzinger
(email@example.com), using the the reference subject: EPICC-Postdoc-12-2018 and mentioning where you read about the position by
31.03.2018 at the latest.
For further informationen or to discuss the
position please contact
Ms. Claudia Meintzinger via Telephone +49
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