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.

Within the framework of the project GREEN VISION Central Asia “Bridging science and capacity building for safer future: Integrated water resources management strategies across competing sectors and transboundary dialogue in Central Asia under climate change”, funded by German Federal Foreign Office, PIK offers a position as

Regional Climate Modeller (m/f/d)

(Position number: 18-2020-RD2-Climate Modeller)

The project is carried out by the Working Group “Hydroclimatic Risks”of the Research Department 2. The position is funded for 4 years, starting on 01.07.2020. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a full-time position with a working time of 40 hours per week. The position can be filled on a part-time basis.

Key responsibilities:

The state-of-the-art solutions for assessing regional impacts of climate change and seasonal predictions for the target countries (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) is currently hampered by absence of regional climate projections. The successful candidate will work towards three main goals: 

  • Simulation of regional climate datasets, which will later be used in climate impact models, using the latest CMIP6 simulations, combined with RCM or statistical downscaling and bias-correction techniques, depending on the regional conditions and data availability. 
  • Conducting capacity-building courses on climate data in the target countries, as well as conducting webinars and online-courses and supervision of visiting scientist.
  • Publishing articles in top peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research project and present research findings at international conferences.

This position plays a central role within the project and requires both, a good knowledge in scientific data handling and an experienced scientific interpretation of the related climate sensitivity and uncertainties. Existing biases between observations and simulations will be identified and adjusted using state-of-the-art approaches. The relevant results will be provided visually for internal data inspection and expert judgement, and be prepared for end user tailored climate visualization services within the target countries.


  • PhD in physics, meteorology or other climate related disciplines
  • profound knowledge in the assessment of (regional) climate model simulations
  • experience with handling large datasets and data management
  • proven track of scientific publications 
  • experience in conducting workshops and scientific talks
  • work experience in developing countries (preferably in the target countries or similar environment, e.g. Russia, Ukraine etc.) are an asset 

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and also in a team
  • fluency in python, R, bash, CDO
  • structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • excellent communication and writing skills in English; German and Russian skills are advantageous
  • willingness to travel to the target countries for project meetings, workshops etc. and to participate in the design and realization of capacity building trainings and webinars

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 15.05.2020 directly using our application form.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact  Dr. Anastasia Lobanova by email

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. (PIK)
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