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Postdoc (f/m/nonbinary) in the Climate Policy department

Job offer of November 21, 2022

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Postdoc (f/m/nonbinary) in the Climate Policy department


Climate Policy

Closing Date

02.12.2022 23:59

The Climate Policy department of the DIW Berlin assesses the design, implementation, effect and governance of policy instruments for the transition to climate neutrality

The Climate Policy department of the DIW Berlin seeks a Postdoc (f/m/nonbinary) to pursue and lead innovative analysis and engage in dialogues with stakeholders and policy makers on the next generation of policy instruments with a focus on the industry or power sector. One new aspect to consider are emergency market interventions implemented in response to the energy crisis resulting in a new risk allocation between public and private actors as well as between countries. What are the implications for design of policies for the transition to climate neutrality with respect to distribution of costs and benefits, public acceptance, and financing costs?

Researchers at the department do not have any teaching obligations but are expected to contribute to the policy and transfer work of the department. Voluntary teaching opportunities exist at all levels.


  • Completed PhD in economics or related fields, or close to completion
  • a solid background in and interest to further advance the understanding of energy-, industrial- or environmental-economics with a methodological focus on applied micro economics and micro-economic simulations or optimization methods
  • Candidates must demonstrate the potential to contribute substantially to academic research and policy analysis, including the ability to recognize and articulate differing viewpoints related to their work as well as an open attitude towards interdisciplinary cooperation.

Preferred skills

  • Very good language skills in English (knowledge of German is not necessary but welcomed)
  • Initiative and interest in teamwork

We offer

  • An interesting job in a dynamic research environment that tackles socially relevant research and policy questions
  • Work in a supportive team of experienced researchers

The Institute provides access to a first-rate research infrastructure and it is excellently connected to the vibrant academic environment in Berlin as well as the international energy- and climate policy community. Working language is English.

The term of appointment is for three years and it can be renewed for three further years. Payment is according to EG 14 TVöD Bund and ranges initially, depending on prior work experience.

In addition to flexible working hours, DIW Berlin also offers employees mobile working and a subsidized company ticket.

We highly appreciate diversity and are thus pleased to receive any application - irrespective of gender, nationality, disability, or ethnic and social background.

Please apply online by December 2nd 2022, quoting the reference number SOT-KLI-1-22. Please submit: (1) CV, (2) copy of your job market paper, (3) research statement and (4) cover letter. In case you have any questions, please contact Prof. Karsten Neuhoff (

Please send your reference letters by e-mail to

We are aware that the application deadline is very short, hence offer the opportunity to submit reference letters until a week after the end of the deadline.

Karsten Neuhoff

Head of Department in the Climate Policy Department

DIW Berlin

Founded in 1925, DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research) is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. The Institute analyzes the economic and social aspects of topical issues, formulating and disseminating policy advice based on its research findings. DIW Berlin is part of both the national and international scientific communities, provides research infrastructure to academics all over the world, and promotes the next generation of scientists. A member of the Leibniz Association, DIW Berlin is independent and primarily publicly funded.