Energy-System Modeller

Application deadline: 1 December 2019
Starting date: As soon as possible
Location: Berlin, Germany
Terms: We are looking for a long-term collaboration. Currently we can offer a fixed term contract for 1 year, with the perspective of extension based on performance and funding.

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We are currently seeking a new Energy-System Modeller for our Climate Policy team based in Berlin.

About the Climate Policy Team

The Climate Policy Team assesses the effectiveness of international strategies and national climate policies, including low-carbon development plans compatible with global transformational pathways that limit warming to 1.5°C while achieving sustainable development goals. It comprises two sub teams: the Policy Analysis team, focusing on national context-specific analysis, and the Mitigation Pathways team, focusing on the scientific and technical modelling aspects of mitigation scenarios. You will join the Mitigation Pathways team within the Climate Policy Team.

The Mitigation Pathways team utilizes state-of-the-art modelling techniques to bridge the gap between basic research of climate change and sustainable development scenarios and political action. It maintains the technical infrastructure behind the Climate Action Tracker, an independent scientific analysis providing key benchmarks on the progress of national policies of climate action to policy makers, scientists, and the general public. A main focus of the team is to design, develop, and apply models and tools provide coherent and robust scientific assessments of regional and country-level action implied by global Integrated Assessment Model results in line with the Paris Agreement across sectors. Furthermore, the team assesses co-benefits of climate policy vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals in order to support sustainable solutions to climate change mitigation.

Your Responsibilities

  • Develop new and extend existing methodologies & modelling tools, such as the SIAMESE model, for analysing the Paris-Agreement compatible transformation of the energy sector, at global to regional, national and sub-national levels
  • Deploy modelling tools in a broad range of policy contexts and in particular develop Paris-Agreement 1.5°C compatible mitigation pathways for analysing sectoral mitigation costs, investments, sector coupling and key drivers of decarbonisation, reflecting a country’s or sector’s historical circumstances, specific reduction potentials, and policy interventions
  • Provide key analytical support in tracking climate action, quantifying science-related benchmarks for 1.5° implementation, and supporting NDC enhancement
  • Provide analytical support for negotiators from vulnerable countries in various climate and energy related fora
  • Contribute to fundraising and grant writing activities
  • Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed publications

Your Profile

You will ideally have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Relevant PhD, or at least 4 years relevant work experience after Master’s, with a graduate degree in climate-related studies, such as energy, economics, climate science, or a related field
  • Solid understanding of – and experience with – quantitative energy, mitigation and co-benefits analysis, and ability to work with and help develop relevant models, including Integrated Assessment Models, economic and energy-system optimisation tools
  • Proven programming skills in Python, Julia, or a similar language and an optimisation library/language (e.g., Pyomo, JuMP, GAMS, GLPK, etc.)
  • Experience with developing and maintaining medium-to-large scale code bases in a team environment, including testing, automatic documentation, and continuous integration
  • Track record of inter-disciplinary work and a profound interest in understanding and addressing international, regional, national and sub-national challenges to climate change mitigation
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills. Basic German skills are welcome, but not required, other language skills are an asset
  • A well-developed sense for team work and ability to interact with a diverse array of people
  • Willingness to travel (required), flexibility

We offer

  • We can offer a positive and inspiring working atmosphere in an international team, participation in a great network of partner institutes and stakeholders, as well as insights into the international climate change negotiations and our support work for stakeholders globally, including emerging economies and developed countries, but with a special focus on SIDS and LDCs.
  • Our Berlin office is located near Moritzplatz in the heart of the lively Kreuzberg, surrounded by a dynamic startup scene.
  • We will refund your public transport ticket and offer a company pension plan.


Starting date: As soon as possible
Location: Berlin, Germany
Terms: We are looking for a long-term collaboration. Currently we can offer a fixed term contract for 1 year, with the perspective of extension based on performance and funding.

For further information send your questions via email to .

Please apply with your CV, cover letter, publication list, a list of three referees as well as a research statement in PDF format by 1 December exclusively using the application form.
Applications by email or by post can unfortunately not be processed.

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