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[Met-jobs] Multiple Positions at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.rdg.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:07:28 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Vacancies at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities

The North South Research Group (NSP) at PIK aims to improve its
socio-economic
expertise. Therefore we are
seeking to fill 1 PostDoc, 2 Junior Scientist (PhD candidates), and 1
Scientific
Assistant positions. The successful
applicants will be involved in the research activities of the NSP Group
at PIK
(<www.pik-potsdam.de/nsp>) which is
led by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kropp. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Research (PIK)
was founded in 1992 and
now has a staff of about 290 people (North-South Group: 35) working on a
variety of
aspects of climate and
global change. Under the rooftop of the NSP Group work 10 different
disciplines and the
group is in particular
focusing on a reconciliation of climate protection targets, adaptation
and development.
Consequently all
applicants should enjoy working in an international and
interdisciplinary team. The
Junior Scientists have to enroll
as PhD candidates at one of the partner universities of PIK. The main
working language
is English. A close
cooperation with the other projects running under the North-South Theme
is mandatory.
Due to PIK's scientific
background experiences in the context of climate impact research are
highly welcome. A
demonstrated potential
for excellence in research is requested from all applicants for this
vacancy.


PostDoc: Economist or equivalent (2 years, with an option for a possible
extension,
nsp01)
We offer one PostDoc position in Economics or Environmental Economics.
Salary is
according to E13 TV-L.

Duties
The successful applicant will conduct research on reconciliation of
sustainable
development and climate issues
like adaptation and mitigation. The focus will lie specifically on
cities and rural
areas and will include cost
analyses of adaptation and mitigation measures, e.g. for infrastructure
adjustments on
national and sub-national
levels.

Skills
This position requires expertise in advanced quantitative and/or
qualitative methods, a
background in
environmental economics, mathematical economics, i.e. optimization
concepts, or related
fields. The position
requires strong analytical and modeling skills (programming skills
included).
Understanding in organizational
theory, and concepts from operations research will be an asset as well
as a strong
interest for interdisciplinary
research, and the ability to work independently. Experiences in project
management and
steering would also be
an asset.


PhD student: Social Scientist, Development Economist, System Scientist
or equivalent (28 months, with an option for a possible  extension, nsp02)
We offer one PhD position for a Social Scientist or Development
Economist. Salary is
according to E13/2 (50%) TV-L.

Duties
The successful applicant will conduct research on sustainable
transitions of societies
in view of climate change,
with a special focus on the large developing and emerging economies. In
particular
which role economic, political,
social and institutional development may play in regard to climate
protection and
adaptation goals. It is the
overarching aim to cross-check political goals against regional
sustainability targets.

Skills
This position requires a background in social sciences (or a related
field) with an
emphasis on quantitative
methods. The position requires strong analytical skills. Understanding of
organizational theory and the ability to abstract
and describe overarching socio-economic and political processes are an
additional asset
as well as a strong interest for
inter-disciplinary research.


PhD student: Physicist or equivalent (28 months, with an option for a
possible
extension, nsp03)
We offer one PhD position for a physicist or equivalent. Salary is
according to E13/2
(50%) TV-L.

Duties
The successful applicant will conduct research and modeling on
transitions towards
sustainability. In particular
the candidate will work in the modeling and impact assessment theme of
the research
group. The modeling tasks
comprise the development of a generalized damage approach allowing the
regional
calculation of damage and
adaptation costs.

Skills
This position requires a background in environmental physics,
mathematics, or a related
field. The position
requires strong analytical and modeling skills (programming skills
included).
Understanding of the climate change
debate, cost assessment concepts, GIS, and modern qualitative and
quantitative methods
are an advantage as
well as a strong interest for interdisciplinary research, and the
ability to work
independently.

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Deadline for applications: until the positions are filled (please add
reference number)
The positions are open now under the caveat of the final project
confirmation. The
Potsdam Institute for Climate
Impact Research seeks to increase the number of women in those areas
where they are
underrepresented and
therefore explicitly encourages women and disabled people to apply. For
further
information, contact Nadine Lux
(lux@pik-potsdam.de), Phone: +49-331-288-2664. Information about PIK can
be found at
<www.pik-potsdam.de>.
Applications, including curriculum vitae, the reference number of the
post, a letter
describing relevant experience
and interests, and the name and address of two referees  should be sent to:

Prof. Dr. J. Kropp
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam, Germany

Online applications are preferred and should be sent to <nsp@pik-potsdam.de>



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