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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 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 www.mcc-berlin.net.

Post-Doc­toral Pos­i­tion (Ref­er­ence num­ber PD_2018_5)

MCC’s work­ing group on Cli­mate and Devel­op­ment is look­ing to recruit a post-doc­toral researcher focus­ing on the polit­ical eco­nomy of cli­mate change mit­ig­a­tion policy in Sub-Saha­ran Africa. The research will be linked to an extern­ally fun­ded pro­ject and involves qual­it­at­ive field research and quant­it­at­ive data ana­lysis.

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be based at the Mer­cator Research Insti­tute on Global Com­mons and Cli­mate Change (MCC) in Ber­lin. She or he will act­ively be involved in the pro­ject ‘DEC­ADE – Decar­bon­iz­a­tion and Devel­op­ment in Sub-Saha­ran Africa’ fun­ded by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Research. She or he will carry out qual­it­at­ive field research and quant­it­at­ive data ana­lysis in selec­ted Sub-Saha­ran African coun­tries in cooper­a­tion with col­leagues at MCC and pro­ject part­ners in Ger­many and Sub-Sahara Africa.

More spe­cific­ally, the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will carry out inter­views to identify the most import­ant polit­ical and soci­etal act­ors in the field of energy- and cli­mate policy, their under­ly­ing interests and how they influ­ence the for­mu­la­tion of energy and cli­mate policies. This line of research is part of a long-term effort aim­ing to estab­lish a data­base of coun­try case stud­ies that can be used for com­par­at­ive ana­lysis. Fur­ther, she or he will ana­lyze data from house­hold sur­veys to assess car­bon foot­prints and how house­holds of dif­fer­ent types would be affected by cli­mate change mit­ig­a­tion policies. Next to being pub­lished in aca­demic journ­als, the insights of both ana­lyses are inten­ded identify polit­ic­ally feas­ible cli­mate meas­ures that do not have adverse con­sequences for the poorest parts of the pop­u­la­tion.

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will also have the pos­sib­il­ity to con­trib­ute to the super­vi­sion of PhD and Mas­ter stu­dents as well as the pro­ject man­age­ment, includ­ing the organ­iz­a­tion of stake­holder work­shops.

Require­ments:

Applic­ants should hold a PhD in eco­nom­ics or another social sci­ence, such as polit­ical sci­ence. Exper­i­ence with qual­it­at­ive research, in par­tic­u­lar design­ing and car­ry­ing out semi-struc­tured expert inter­views, as well as field exper­i­ence in Sub-Saha­ran Africa would be valu­able for the inten­ded research. Skills in data pro­cessing are a require­ment, and exper­i­ence with soft­ware pack­ages such as R or Python would be an asset. A back­ground in envir­on­mental – or cli­mate policy is an asset but no require­ment. Pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish is a pre­requis­ite, know­ledge in French or Por­tuguese would be an addi­tional asset. The can­did­ate should have demon­strated her or his poten­tial to pub­lish in the inter­na­tional peer-reviewed lit­er­at­ure.

What we of­fer:

The can­did­ate is envis­aged to start Decem­ber 1st, but the pos­i­tion will remain open until filled. Salary for the pos­i­tion is accord­ing to the wage agree­ment in the Ger­man pub­lic sec­tor (TV-L level 13, 100% pos­i­tion). The con­tract dur­a­tion is three years. 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 a col­lab­or­at­ive and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research and work­ing atmo­sphere. It provides an excit­ing, inter­na­tional and fam­ily friendly work­ing envir­on­ment that offers flex­ible work­ing hours and pos­sib­il­it­ies for home office.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion by e-mail with ref­er­ence num­ber PD_2018_5 until Novem­ber 15 to Ms. Liane Otto, otto@mcc-berlin.net, with an elec­tronic applic­a­tion con­tain­ing the fol­low­ing (in one single pdf file):
  • Motiv­a­tion let­ter
  • Cur­riculum Vitae
  • One rep­res­ent­at­ive aca­demic paper
  • Cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates

Please also provide con­tact details of two aca­demic ref­er­ences. Applic­a­tions that are received after that date may still be con­sidered if no suit­able can­did­ate could be iden­ti­fied earlier. Please note that only short-lis­ted can­did­ates will be con­tac­ted for a job inter­view. Appoint­ment is con­di­tional on final approval by the fund­ing agency.

For fur­ther con­tent-related ques­tions please con­tact Dr. Jan Chris­toph Steckel (steckel@mcc-berlin.net).