Post-doctoral position or Research Analyst postion (m/f/d) Transformation Pathways

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 Research Department III – Transformation Pathways – PIK is offering a

Post-doctoral position or Research Analyst postion (m/f/d)

(Position number: 19-2024 PostDoc or Research Analyst)

in the field of energy systems modeling for transport decarbonization pathways, starting preferably in August, 2024.

This position focuses on the refined modeling of the transport transition in the context of the decarbonization of global energy systems.

How can transport systems be transformed in line with national and international climate neutrality goals? What is the role of the transport sector in an integrated energy systems context? Which technologies will prevail and what infrastructure will be needed and when? What are suitable policy approaches for the transport transition? If these questions pique your interest and if you enjoy collaborative programming in an international team, this position is right for you.

As a valuable member of our team, your task is to further advance our detailed transport model (EDGE-Transport). The model represents national and international passenger and freight transport and is coupled to the REMIND model, one of the world’s leading global integrated energy-economy climate models.

We encourage candidates at the postdoc level to apply. Filling the position as a scientific researcher with a successfully completed university degree (Master, Diploma or equivalent) is equally possible.

The position is initially funded for two years. Extensions are envisaged and rely on new external funding. 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 weekly working time of 40 hours per week. The position can be filled on a part-time basis.

Key responsibilities

  • Analyze the mobility transition within global, European and German energy transformation pathways, covering policies, technologies and behavioral developments
  • Further refine our model dynamics and subsectoral coverage, e.g. of the aviation or shipping sector
  • Validate our model against newly published empirical data
  • Contribute to the development of the integrated assessment modeling framework REMIND, in which EDGE-Transport is embedded
  • Publish your results in renowned scientific journals and present them at international conferences


  • Master's Degree or PhD in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Transport Science or a related field
  • Excellent programming skills, e.g. in R or Python
  • Demonstrated expertise in software engineering and management of open source software projects and knowledge of Git and GitHub is a plus
  • Excellent analytical skills and interest in theoretical and applied modelin

We expect:

  • Capacity to collaborate in a team, while progressing independently with own responsibilities
  • Structured, goal-oriented thinking and clear communication
  • Capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • Creativity and openness to new approaches
  • Reliability and a high level of motivation
  • A high level of competence in oral and written English
  • Willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.)

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
  • flexi-time and mobile working (up to 50% of your hours)
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits as well as a subsidized travel card or the 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 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. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please apply by 03.06.2024 directly via our application form below this job advertisement. The position will remain online afterward until a suitable candidate is found. Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation, including research interests, a CV with the contact details of two referees, and a sample of your work (e.g, term paper, thesis or journal publication, exam records, GitHub profile, online publication profile, or similar) as one pdf-file.

If you apply for several positions at PIK, please indicate a preference in your cover letter.

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. Robert Pietzcker, E-Mail: pietzcker@pik-potsdam.de pietzcker(at)pik-potsdam.de