Research Associate (m/f) for the project „Mobilizing the co-benefits of renewable energies“, Potsdam

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal State of Brandenburg, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) in Potsdam is devoted to the holistic, transdisciplinary, and international study of climate change, the components of the Earth system, and sustainability. For further information on the IASS see

The IASS is seeking a

Research Associate (m/f)
for the project „Mobilizing the co-benefits of renewable energies“

Ref. No. COBENEFITS-2017-02

Within the work area „Multiple Opportunities of Renewable Energies“ the project elaborates country specific co-benefits of climate policies, with emphasis on the opportunities presented by renewable power generation – such as local value creation, employment, health, water use, energy access and energy security – in India, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam.

The policy-oriented project closely collaborates with research institutes and relevant Ministries in the partner countries in terms of co-creating and mobilizing knowledge in view of ambitious and effective NDC implementation in these countries. It enables international mutual learning and capacity building among policy makers, knowledge partners and multipliers on enabling environments to seizing the co-benefits of renewable power generation.

We are seeking a Research Associate to contribute in the following working areas:
•Supporting and supervising co-benefit assessments by research institutes in partner countries in terms of method development and validation, scientific quality control and policy-oriented data interpretation.
•Organization and co-facilitation of science-policy round tables in partner countries.
•Contributing to joint publication of results for an international scientific audience and policy makers as well as broader society in the partner countries.

•Strong expertise on renewable and conventional energy systems and markets.
•Research experiences and methodological knowledge related to these areas and the above mentioned opportunities opportunities presented by renewable power generation, building on a Master degree or PhD.
•Profound knowledge on international climate and energy policy related to the post Paris process of NDC implementation, specific knowledge in view of the partner countries is a strong asset.
•Excellent language and communication skills in English; skills in other languages of the partner countries are valuable.
•Experiences in science-policy communication and facilitation skills are a strong asset.

We offer you:
•The opportunity to work in a vibrant, innovative and interdisciplinary working environment within a dynamic team in the science-policy interface.
•Excellent contacts to a range of national and international policy and research organizations.
•The full time position will be remunerated in accordance with the German salary group TVöD 13. The position will be filled asap and is limited until 31.07.2019.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Applications should include a letter of motivation (maximum 1 page) a CV and relevant work samples. Application materials should be sent in 1 file (pdf) to Dr. Sebastian Helgenberger by e-mail (sebastian [dot] helgenberger [at] iass-potsdam [dot] de) making reference to the No. COBENEFITS-2017-02. Deadline for submitting the application is 31.03.2017. Interviews can be expected to be scheduled in the first week of April. Please specify in your application how you became aware of the offered position at the IASS.