Post-doctoral researcher position (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. PIK 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 a new research project in the field of Economics and Finance, starting 01.10.2022 or later, PIK is offering a

Post-doctoral researcher position (m/f/d).

(Position number: 32-2022-Postdoc-OVERHANG)

The position is funded for 2 years with an option for an extension. 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. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency. The position can be filled on a part-time basis.

The financial sector can facilitate or impede the transition to a low-carbon economy by providing the necessary capital. The position will investigate the interaction of climate policy and the behavior of financial intermediaries, e.g. their lending and risk management. How well is the financial sector equipped to provide finance for clean production at scale? How does ambitious carbon pricing affect firms and banks (and their balance sheets), and what are the implications for their ability to obtain or offer credit? And what are appropriate policies or financial regulation to prepare and support the financial sector in this challenge? If you are fascinated by these topics and enjoy applying economic modelling to find answers, you might be the person we are searching for!

Key responsibilities:

  • research and understand the role of financial intermediation/bank lending in the context of financing the low-carbon transition;   
  • apply existing theory and develop new models to explain the interaction of credit availability and climate policy
  • analyze the effect of financial sector policies and regulation and their role for the low carbon transition of the economy  
  • participate in project and stakeholder meetings and science-society dialogue;
  • present at international conferences and publish in academic journals.


  • PhD in Economics or Finance and experience in peer-reviewed publication;   
  • training in formal, quantitative methods,
  • excellent analytical skills and expertise in theoretical and applied modeling;
  • a strong motivation and good organizational skills;
  • team-oriented, strong oral communication and writing skills.

We offer:

  • the opportunity 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,
  • contributing to solution-oriented research with immediate policy relevance
  • flexi-time and mobile working (up to 40% of your hours),
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits as well as a subsidized travel card.

The successful candidate join the FutureLab Public Economics and Climate Finance led by Dr. Kai Lessmann.

PIK values equality and diversity. 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 19.08.2022 directly using our application form.

Please, in addition to your curriculum vitae, university transcripts and motivation letter, also include a sample of your work and two references (letters of reference and contact information) in the Upload of your full application in the 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 will 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. Kai Lessmann  at lessmann(at)pik-potsdam.de.