Communications Professional as Head of the PR team (m/f/d)

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

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 the communications team, PIK is looking for a

Communications Professional as Head of the PR team (m/f/d)

(Position number: 12-2024 PR Head) starting on 01.01.2025.

The position is permanent. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 14. This is a full-time position with a weekly working time of 40 hours per week.

Key responsibilities:

  • Content, organisational and personnel management of the communications team at PIK consisting of 5 employees with a focus on national and international press and public relations work.
  • (Further) development and implementation of a comprehensive communication strategy for both external and internal audiences
  • Advising the Board of Directors and senior scientists regarding all communication matters
  • Responsibility for the creation of press releases, articles, social media posts and other media material
  • Monitoring and analysing media coverage
  • Organising and conducting press briefings
  • Accompanying high-level visits and events
  • Maintaining and expanding relationships with media representatives, journalists and relevant stakeholders
  • Crisis communication and reputation management


  • A successfully completed degree in communications, journalism, public relations (Master's/Diploma or equivalent) or comparable qualifications
  • An additional degree in economics or natural sciences is desirable - but not mandatory Several years of professional experience in professional communication in science and/or journalism
  • Several years of proven management experience in journalism or its environment
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the relevant media landscape in Germany and internationally
  • Excellent ability to write texts of various types for different target groups in German and English
  • Ability to present complex scientific topics in an understandable way for the public
  • Proven organisational and management skills

We offer:

  • the chance to lead and 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,
  • flex-time and remote working (up to 50% of your hours),
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits as well as a subsidized public transportation travel card and a Deutschland-Ticket Job.

PIK values equality and diversity. We encourage applications without photo. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of ethnic and social origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, care responsibilities, or age. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please apply by 30.04.2024 directly using our application form.

If you hold an international higher education qualification, please also submit the Statement of Comparability from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) with your application. In the case that you do not yet have a ZAB Statement of Comparability for your qualification, please be aware that you may need to request this if your application is successful. You can find further information on this website: https://www.kmk.org/zab/central-office-for-foreign-education.html

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr.Janin Schaffer via Email (janin.schaffer(at)pik-potsdam.de).