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 cutting-edge research in two related projects funded by the Earth Commission (EC) through Future Earth Sweden (FE), PIK is looking for a

Post Doctoral Earth System Modeler (m/f/d)

(Position number: 11-2021 Postdoc Modeler EC)

starting on 15.03.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Subject to final approval, the position is initially funded for 24 months with the possibility of further extension depending on the availability of funds.Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E13. The position is full-time with a weekly working time of 40 hours per week. The position can be filled on a part-time basis. 

The Earth Commission (, is a group of leading scientists convened by Future Earth. Their mission is to assess the latest science to underpin the development of science-based targets for Earth systems like land, water, and biodiversity. 

The position will support the work within Earth Commission WG1 (Earth-Human Systems Model Intercomparison Project EHSMIP) which aims at exploring the biophysical boundaries that define the long-term stability of the Earth system. Model experiments will be designed to assess feedbacks and interactions between atmosphere, ocean, land and biosphere, and to quantify key processes regulating the state of the Earth system, with a special focus on climate and carbon cycle feedbacks. The postdoctoral scientists will be responsible for furthering the development of the Potsdam Earth Model POEM as well as developing modeling protocols and conducting and analyzing simulations within EHSMIP. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Design experiments and conduct simulations within the Earth-Human Systems Model Intercomparison Project (EHSMIP), with particular focus on tipping elements in the Earth system
  • Further the development and coupling of the Potsdam Earth Model (POEM), with a focus on climate and carbon cycle feedbacks
  • Co-supervise team members (doctoral student, research analyst)
  • Write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research, and present research findings at conferences and workshops
  • Contribute to writing of reports within the scope of the Earth Commission


  • PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field (mathematics, physics, geophysics or similar)
  • strong experience with Earth System modeling and model development
  • expertise in terrestrial and/or marine carbon cycle and/or atmosphere dynamics is a plus

We expect:

  • capacity for teamwork 
  • fluency in oral and written English
  • advanced scientific programming skills
  • scientific writing skills
  • willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.) 

We offer:

  • the opportunity to work on cutting-edge scientific questions in Earth system analysis
  • a stimulating working environment in one of the world’s leading climate-change research institutes on Potsdam's beautiful, historic Telegrafenberg campus
  • competitive remuneration with 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 send your full application as a single PDF document, quoting the position number given above, by 07.03.2021 at the latest, directly using our application form. The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Brigitta Krukenberg at (general inquiries), Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann at (FE/EC).

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