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.

At the research department “Complexity Science” the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is offering

1 PhD Position (m/f/d)

in mathematics, physics, economics, computer science, or a related field, working on the global economic impacts of climate change, starting on 01/09/2019.

(Position number: PhD Position-27-2019)

The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded H2020 project “REmote Climate Effects and their Impact on European sustainability, Policy and Trade” (RECEIPT) and will work on the remote economic impacts via supply and trade chains from extreme weather onto Europe. The position is funded for 3 years. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a part-time position with a weekly working time of 26 per week.

The RECEIPT project:

In an interconnected world, Europe’s economy will be increasingly affected by climate change impacts that occur beyond its border. The RECEIPT project aims to develop and implement a novel stakeholder-driven storytelling concept that maps representative connections between European socio-economic activities and remote climatic hazards. It provides mapping of global hotspots of remote areas with climate features relevant for Europe as well as sectoral storylines describing the impacts of remote climate change on food security, the financial sector, international development, commodities and European coastal infrastructure. These will be assessed along each of the selected storylines under different future climatic conditions, including high-end climate scenarios.

The successful candidate will be part of work package WP6 of the RECEIPT project, which investigates remote economic impacts from extreme weather onto Europe and how to adapt to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience.

Key responsibilities:

  • Development and implementation of a long-term timescale to represent the changing economic baseline in the loss-propagation model framework “Acclimate”
  • Development and implementation of a model for mid-term economic investment of agents on a network
  • Numerical simulation and analysis of the models under different climatic and economic scenarios
  • Development of adaptation strategies for coping with adverse impacts
  • Publication of research results in scientific journals and presentation of research results internally and at relevant international conferences
  • Interaction with project and other cooperation partners


  • Master’s degree in mathematics, physics, economics, computer science, or a related field
  • Good programming skills (C/C++ and Python preferred)
  • Experience in numerical modeling and analyses (preferred)
  • High level of competence in oral and written English (preferred)
  • Ability for teamwork and work in a multi-disciplinary environment

We offer:

  • The chance to be part of a creative, interdisciplinary team 
  • A structured PhD program including supervision agreements and an interdisciplinary education program
  • Participation in research projects in cooperation with national and international research institutes, universities and think tanks, with a strong policy focus
  • The possibility to develop and pursue your own ideas inside the project context
  • A stimulating working environment in an internationally recognized 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 favorably. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please send your full application as a single PDF document by Email (Reference: PhD Position-27-2019), quoting the position number given above and mentioning where you read about the position by 14/07/2019 at the latest to The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB. For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Sven Willner ( 

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published: 17 June 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.