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Mer­ca­tor Rese­arch Insti­tute on Glo­bal Com­mons and Cli­mate Change (MCC) gGmbH

MCC was foun­ded in 2012 by Stif­tung Mer­cator and the Pots­dam Insti­tute for Cli­mate Impact Research (PIK) and since 2014 it is affil­i­ated with the Tech­nical Uni­versity (TU) Ber­lin. Our research is car­ried out in seven work­ing groups and it addresses the grand chal­lenges of cli­mate change and of gov­ern­ing the global com­mons. Our research is rooted primar­ily in eco­nom­ics and other social sci­ences. We provide sci­entific policy advice and aim to identify policy-rel­ev­ant solu­tions. Cooper­a­tion with high-pro­file inter­na­tional part­ner organ­iz­a­tions provides a net­work of excel­lence and foster the high qual­ity of the research at MCC. Within a few years, MCC has estab­lished itself prom­in­ently in the cli­mate policy research land­scape, ranked as No. 1 of cli­mate think tanks in Europe.
For more inform­a­tion about the insti­tute, please visit http://www.mcc-berlin.net.

Post-doc­toral researcher with a back­ground in applied envir­on­mental or resource eco­nomic mod­el­ling (80%)

Work­ing field:

MCC’s work­ing group on Applied Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Sci­ence is look­ing to recruit a motiv­ated post-doc­toral researcher with a back­ground in applied envir­on­mental or resource eco­nomic mod­el­ling. The research will ana­lyze the polit­ical eco­nomy of a global coal phase-out.

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be loc­ated at the Mer­cator Research Insti­tute on Global Com­mons and Cli­mate Change (MCC) in Ber­lin. The work involves close col­lab­or­a­tion with the pro­ject part­ners - the Uni­versity of Mün­ster (Group of Prof. Andreas Löschel) and the Pots­dam Insti­tute of Cli­mate Impact Research (Dr. Nico Bauer, energy sys­tem mod­el­ling group). Major tasks of the can­did­ate are:

  • Develop a model of the coal mar­ket with endo­gen­ous mine open­ing at the global as well as national level (case study coun­tries: Ger­many, Aus­tralia, India, Indone­sia) and ana­lyze policies;
  • Map the lit­er­at­ure land­scape and con­duct a sys­tem­atic review that assesses the polit­ical eco­nomy of coal phase-out options in the lit­er­at­ure using formal meth­ods of evid­ence syn­thesis;
  • Oper­a­tion­ally man­age the pro­ject, coordin­ate across sci­entific part­ners, ensure the timely deliv­ery of pro­ject out­puts and organ­ize the com­mu­nic­a­tion of pro­ject res­ults.

While the can­did­ate will be assigned to the Applied Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Sci­ence group at MCC, work will be car­ried out in tight col­lab­or­a­tion with the work­ing groups “Cli­mate and Devel­op­ment” as well as “Eco­nomic Growth and Human devel­op­ment”. We expect pro­ject out­puts to be pub­lished in lead­ing inter­na­tional peer-reviewed journ­als and dis­sem­in­ated into policy and the gen­eral pub­lic using appro­pri­ate com­mu­nic­ate chan­nels.

Require­ments:

Applic­ants should meet the fol­low­ing require­ments:
  • PhD in envir­on­mental, resource, cli­mate change, or sus­tain­ab­il­ity eco­nom­ics with a record in applied mod­el­ling;
  • skills in at least one pro­gram­ming lan­guage for solv­ing optim­iz­a­tion prob­lems such as GAMS, Mat­lab, Python, or com­par­able lan­guages;
  • exper­i­ence with the visu­al­iz­a­tion of research res­ults;
  • pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish and abil­ity to pub­lish in renowned peer-reviewed inter­na­tional journ­als;
  • exper­i­ence with machine learn­ing and sci­en­to­met­ric meth­ods for syn­thes­iz­ing large bod­ies of lit­er­at­ure are an advant­age but not a neces­sity.

What we of­fer:

  • work­ing in a ded­ic­ated and motiv­ated multi-cul­tural team;
  • the oppor­tun­ity to con­trib­ute tack­ling chal­lenges of cli­mate change and our com­mon future;
  • flex­ible and fam­ily-friendly work­ing times and pos­sib­il­it­ies for home office;
  • par­ti­cip­a­tion in employee retire­ment pro­vi­sion;
  • an attract­ive work­place in an old indus­trial build­ing at the EUREF-Cam­pus in Schöne­berg, Ber­lin.

MCC fol­lows a recruit­ment strategy that pro­motes equal­ity, diversity and tol­er­ance. MCC aims to increase the share of women in post-doc­toral research pos­i­tions and encour­ages women to apply for this pos­i­tion. MCC provides an excit­ing, col­lab­or­at­ive, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and inter­na­tional research and work­ing atmo­sphere.

How to ap­ply:

We aim to fill this pos­i­tion as soon as pos­sible, sub­ject to nego­ti­ation. The pos­i­tion is part time (80%) and is paid accord­ing to the Ger­man TV-L 13. The con­tract dur­a­tion is for 36 months. Note that the pos­i­tion is sub­ject to formal con­firm­a­tion by the grant agency.

For applic­a­tion please send an e-mail with the ref­er­ence num­ber as sub­ject (PD_2018_11) to Mrs. Liane Otto, otto@mcc-berlin.net, with an elec­tronic applic­a­tion by Novem­ber 28, 2018, which should con­tain the fol­low­ing in one single pdf file:
  • Motiv­a­tion let­ter
  • Cur­riculum Vitae, men­tion­ing two aca­demic ref­er­ences
  • One rep­res­ent­at­ive aca­demic paper
  • Cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates
Please note that only short-lis­ted can­did­ates will be con­tac­ted for a job inter­view. For con­tent-related ques­tions you can con­tact Prof. Jan Minx, minx@mcc-berlin.net.