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Insti­tut für Kli­ma­fol­gen­for­schung - Science

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 sus-tainable 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 ex-cellent interdisciplinary research.

Student Assistant position RD2 (m/f/d)


(Position number: 01-2024 SHK Agricultural Systems)

Working field:

  • Contribute to literature reviews in the field of adaptation to climate change, agricultural systems in sub-Sahara Africa, food security, smallholder farmers and climate policy, to inform agricultural questionnaire development and survey design.
  • Support the design and implementation of household surveys and randomized controlled trials.
  • Support data pre-processing and cleaning of quantitative socio-economic data, agricultural data and climate data.
  • Transcribe interviews and focus group discussions for further scientific analysis.
  • Support project reporting, project management and communication activities for ongoing projects.
  • Help organise workshops and events at PIK.


  • You are studying (agricultural) economics, geography, agricultural science, political science, sociology, development studies, or another relevant field.
  • You have knowledge on statistical methods and familiarity with programmes and programming languages such as Stata, R, or Python.
  • You ideally have experience with multiple types of data (e.g. socio-economic surveys, biophysical data, agricultural data, climate data).
  • You are familiar with academic literature, citation databases and literature search.
  • You are able to document your work clearly and accessibly to other users.
  • You have excellent communications skills and are fluent in oral and written English. Proficiency in other languages, in particular French, are an asset.

What 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 50% of your hours),
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits as well as a subsidized travel card or Deutschland-Ticket Job.
  • participation in user-driven research projects with international partners.

How to apply:

Please apply directly via our application form below our job advertisement. The job posting will remain open until the position is filled.