[PostDoc position] "Human migration and climate change"

Posted by Martin Park on Dec. 1, 2022

For the European Union-funded project HABITABLE (www.habitableproject.org), PIK is offering a Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in the field human migration and climate change, starting on 01.03.2023.

The position is funded for 18 months. 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:

  • conduct quantitative research on human migration and mobility in the context of climate change - in particular with respect to concrete (economic or other) mechanisms that could give rise to climate effects on migration, such as climate impacts on labor markets, specific economic sectors, rural-urban differences etc.,
  • write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research projects, and present research findings at international conferences and workshops,
  • attend project meetings, write or contribute to project reports and deliverables, and discuss and coordinate research with project partners.


  • a PhD degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field,
  • strong analytical skills and ability to work reliably and independently,
  • proven ability to write high-quality scientific manuscripts,
  • ability to work with large-scale datasets such as migration statistics and georeferenced climate data,
  • experience in computational statistics is an asset,
  • prior experience in the field of migration research is an advantage.

We expect:

  • 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,
  • willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.) and take part in further training,
  • capacity for teamwork,
  • organisational talent.

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 40% of your hours),
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits as well as a subsidized travel card.

Please find more information and apply here: https://www.pik-potsdam.de/de/aktuelles/stellen/postdoctoral-position-m-f-d-2