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
Postdoctoral position (m/f/d)
(Position number: 55-2021-Postdoc AAS)
in the working group “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. The position can be filled on a part-time basis.
We are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to join our team in the field of agricultural adaptation research, using statistical methods and other techniques to empirically assess and/or model adaptation measures for agriculture, mainly in developing countries.
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 policies that enable end-users in partner countries to better adapt agriculture to climate change. This position will focus on developing adaptation solutions in the fields of agricultural risk monitoring, risk transfer and/or risk management to stabilize the crop production of smallholder farmers. This position will perform evaluations of adaptation measures with empirical or economic tools and support the design of innovative adaptation measures. The work is carried out within different third-party funded projects and in cooperation with climate scientists, crop modellers and agricultural economists.
- Develop and improve methodologies for assessing the suitability and effectiveness of adaptation strategies in agriculture, with a focus on developing countries, taking either model-based and/or empirical approaches.
- Coordinate and contribute to the implementation of research projects through close collaboration with other researchers at PIK as well as the involved stakeholders in the target countries.
- Write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research projects and present research findings at international conferences.
- Liaise and maintain communication with project donors, responding to information requests, preparing project progress reports and policy briefs.
- Support data collection, literature review and analysis, and the translation of scientific findings into policy recommendations for sustainable agriculture.
- Manage projects, develop new project proposals and apply for funding.
We further encourage you to pursue your own research interests, which should have a thematic overlap with the above responsibilities.
- You hold a PhD in a field related to tasks above within the broader theme of agriculture. Examples are Agricultural Science, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Statistics, Geoscience or related fields with a quantitative, empirical orientation and fundamental parts of agriculture. Knowledge and work experience in tropical agriculture, sustainable development and/or climate impact analysis is valuable.
- You have profound experience in assessing agricultural adaptation strategies, using e.g. statistical, econometric and/or biophysical or qualitative modelling techniques.
- You have expertise in data analysis with at least one statistical program (e.g. R, Stata). Programing skills in R or Python or experience with other programing languages, GIS and remote sensing satellite data are valuable.
- Experience in project management, and development of research proposals is valuable.
- Work experience in developing countries is desirable as well as the willingness to travel to these countries.
- You have strong analytical and scientific writing skills, excellent communication skills, and you are fluent in oral and written English. Proficiency in French is an asset.
- You have the ability to work independently, goal-oriented and on your own initiative.
- 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.
- a collective pay scheme and associated benefits.
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 12.10.2021 directly using our application form. Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation including research interests, CV, relevant certificates, indication of references and a short sample of your work (e.g. journal publication, approx. 2-10 pages). For further information or to discuss the position please contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Gornott at gornott (at) pik-potsdam.de.
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