PhD Position in Hydrological Modeling

in Research Domain 2
at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
3-year position, 65%, TV-L E13

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts, energy system transformation, and sustainable development. Natural and social scientists work together to generate interdisciplinary insights that provide a sound basis for decision-making in society and policy. PIK's historic science campus on Telegraphenberg Potsdam is in 30 minutes commuting distance from Berlin. PIK seeks to increase the number of women in scientific positions.

Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to conduct their research in the field of hydrological modelling for climate impact assessment and the food-water-energy nexus with the aim of generating results relevant to end-users in project target countries (India, Peru, Tanzania). Working together with Indian, Peruvian and Tanzanian governments, research institutes and organizations, we aim to transform research into user-oriented climate services and policy that enable each country to better adapt to climate change in the complementary fields Climate, Hydrology and Water Resources, Agriculture and Migration. The work is carried out within the three-year project EPICC which will be funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), a program of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany - BMUB.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct hydrological modelling studies from model set-up to scenario testing and collection and analyzes of data (e.g. water management, climate data etc.) for each one of the project target countries (Tanzania, Peru, India) with special focus on Peru
  • Contribute to organization of stakeholder workshops in Tanzania, India and Peru
  • Write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research project (at least one paper per year), work on the deliverables for the projects as well as present research findings at international conferences


  • You hold a Master degree in Hydrology, Geography, Engineering/Civil Engineering with focus on Water Resources or related fields.
  • You have profound knowledge in hydrology, hydraulics, water resources management, ideally in climate impact analyses, and food-water-energy nexus analysis in particular for Peru.
  • You have experience in hydrological/hydraulic modeling (process-based/ physically-based) and climate impact modeling expertise as well as good statistical and programming expertise.
  • You have a strong interest in water science.
  • You are highly motivated and goal-oriented and want to pursue a PhD.
  • Experiences in working in developing countries (preferably in the target countries Tanzania, India, Peru) are an asset plus willingness to travel to the target countries.
  • You have good communications skills and are fluent in oral and written English. Language skills in Spanish are an advantage.

We offer

  • An inspiring, international, and interdisciplinary work environment in one of the world´s leading research institutes on climate change
  • High-impact of own research in renowned international journals
  • Participation in user driven research projects with international partners
  • Insights into international projects with extensive stakeholder engagement
  • Opportunities for cooperation with PIK´s national and international network of leading climate and agricultural research institutes
  • Guidance and supervision during the PhD phase


  • The envisaged starting date for the position is as soon as possible and subject to approval of funding.
  • The position will be funded for 3 years.
  • Salaries are according to the German public tariff scheme E13 TV-L, 65%.

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 fulfil the conditions for appointment, are expressly encouraged. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be regarded favorably. 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, an extended CV describing also your experience in modelling and programming, with the contact details of two referees, and a sample of your work (e. g. term paper, thesis or journal publication). Interviews will be held on December 13th - 20th.

Closing date for all applications is December 10th 2017.

Please send your documents preferably by email as a single PDF (not more than 15MB) to: using the reference subject EPICC_RD2_PhD_Hydr. For any queries regarding the position, please contact Anastasia Lobanova at

published: 20 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.