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student or research assistant

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)

Stellenangebot vom 08.02.2019

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 group “Hydroclimatic Risks” PIK is offering a position as

student or research assistant. (m/f/d)

in the field of scientific programming and modeling, starting as soon as possible. 

(Position number: student/research assistant-05-2019)

The position is funded for approx. 10 month. The hourly wage is with a Bachelor´s degree 11,49 Euros and with a Master´s degree 15,63 Euro. The working time is 20-30 hours per week. 

Key responsibilities: 

The successful candidate will support updating of a hydrological model code with programming and benchmarking.


We are open to students from all academic fields related to natural and computer sciences. Students with experience in mathematical modelling and computer simulations will find it much easier to meet the requirements for successful work on the above topics. Basic requirements are good programming skills in FORTRAN (or similar) and preferably Python.

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative  
  • a methodical and systematic approach  
  • structured and goal-oriented thinking  
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics  
  • creativity and openness to new approaches  
  • reliability and a high level of motivation  
  • capacity for teamwork
  • organisational talent

We are looking for a highly motivated student assistant for scientific programming in the field of hydrological modelling. 

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

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 send your full application as a single PDF document by Email (Reference: student/research assistant-05-2019), quoting the position number given above and mentioning where you read about the position by 22.2.2019 at the latest to bewerbung(at)pik-potsdam.de

The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB. 

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Fred Hattermann Telephone+49 (0)331-288-2649 or by email to hattermann(at)pik-potsdam.de.


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