Research Analyst 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. 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 Research Department 2: Climate Resilience, PIK is offering

Research Analyst position (m/f/d)

(Position number: 30-2020-Research Analyst position)

in the working group of Adaptation in Agricultural Systems, starting as soon as possible.

The position is funded until December 31, 2023. 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.

We are looking for a person with interest in climate impacts and adaptation for agriculture in developing countries and with experience in stakeholder engagement and transferring scientific results to a non-scientific audience to join our team.

Working together with governments, research institutes, international and private organizations primarily in sub-Saharan Africa (with occasional projects also in Asia and Latin America), we aim to transform research into user-oriented climate services and policy that enable end-users in partner countries to better adapt to climate change in the field of agriculture. Central to this position is the coordination and contribution to the implementation of our research projects through the active engagement with local stakeholders in order to ensure that scientific results are transferable on the ground and will ultimately help stabilize agricultural production of smallholder farmers. Located in the field of agriculture, this position will work closely with a team of crop modelers, development economists and climate scientist as they develop risk transfer and risk management solutions.

Key responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and contribute to the implementation of research projects through close collaboration with other researchers at PIK as well as the involved stakeholders
  • Liaise and maintain communication with project donors (e.g. GIZ, BMZ), responding to information requests, preparing project progress reports and policy briefs
  • Organize and conduct workshops, surveys for data collection and expert interviews with a broad range of stakeholders including members from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector in developing countries
  • Support in data collection, literature review and analysis, and inform the development of sustainable agricultural prices
  • Contribute to writing of policy reports and scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research projects, and present research findings at international conferences
  • Project management, developing new project proposals and applying for funding


  • You hold a Master’s Degree in the field of Agricultural Economics, Development Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Social Science, Agricultural Science, Geography, Natural Science or other project relevant field. Knowledge in tropical agriculture and/or sustainable development is valuable
  • Experience and interest in stakeholder engagement as well as communicating scientific results to a non-scientific community
  • Experience in project management, and development of research proposals is valuable
  • You have knowledge or are interested in climate impacts and risk management for the agricultural sector. A basic understanding in statistics is valuable
  • Work experience in developing countries is desirable and the willingness to travel to these countries
  • You have strong analytical and scientific writing skills, excellent communications skills, and you are fluent in oral and written English. Proficiency in French and / or other languages (e.g. Spanish, Kiswahili) is valuable
  • You have the ability to work independently, goal-oriented and on your own initiative

We offer:

  • an inspiring, international, and interdisciplinary work environment in one of the world’s leading research institutes on climate change
  • 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 in career development
  • high-impact of your research through publications in renowned journals and consortia

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. Applications by persons with a migration background are expressly encouraged. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be regarded favourably. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please apply by 1.9.2020 directly using our application form.

Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation, CV, relevant certificates, and a short sample of your work (e.g. term paper, section of thesis or journal publication (approx. 2-10 pages).

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Christoph Gornott at gornott(at)pik-potsdam.de.