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%)
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with an electronic application by November 28, 2018, which should contain the following in one single pdf file:
Curriculum Vitae, mentioning two academic references
One representative academic paper
Copies of relevant certificates
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