The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), a multidisciplinary centre for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany, in the heart of one of Europe's most livable and vibrant cities, provides a highly international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific and computer facilities. You can also find a virtual tour to our campus. The Institute invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Scientist in Social Sciences (W103 | all genders | 50%)

to support and manage the Real-World Experiments and related activities of the Klimapolis Laboratory in the Environmental Modelling Group of the Institute. The Klimapolis Laboratory is a project sponsored and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Klimapolis Laboratory is developing a joint Brazilian German transdisciplinary research program that, through sustained dialogues with different stakeholders, environmental literacy and social learning, will contribute to the development of environmentally resilient cities in Brazil. In the current phase, Klimapolis has a special focus on Real-World Experiments to investigate the relation between climate, water and air pollution and societal actors, and will co-design with city officials and other urban actors approaches towards the development of sustained cities and improved governance structures.

Your profile

  • A PhD in Social Science or a related field
  • Experience in working in interdisciplinary projects related to environmentally resilient cities
  • Good communication skills, ability to work autonomously and within a team, and self-responsible
  • Experience with project management will be appreciated
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese as working languages are crucial, as the position de-mands periodical meetings with Brazilian local communities.
  • Knowledge of German is welcome.

What we offer

  • Participation in a challenging part of science in an international, intellectually stimulating environment established for the benefit of science and society, not of turnover increases
  • Complex workflows on the bleeding edge of what is technologically possible
  • Very good opportunities for self-realization, freedom in and influence upon the decisions what to do, and how to do it
  • Excellent opportunities for further (self-)training and development, self-organized and/or in external courses and events
  • A network of very experienced and innovative colleagues within the institute, and at pro-ject partner institutions with a long-proven tradition of sharing knowledge and infor-mation
  • Working for and with an open-source community

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for 18 months, ending 30.09.2023 (half-time position), with a start-ing date as early as possible.
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E14), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and du-ration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.
  • Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Selection criteria
Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfil the responsibilities as outlined for this project.

Deadline for applying
All applications received prior to April 30th, 2022 will be given full consideration. The search will be continued until the position is filled.

Your application
For further information, please contact Guy Brasseur (guy.brasseur@we dont want Do not forward your application to this email address; the application documents (PDF only) need to be submitted through our online application system at

We are looking forward to receiving your application including the following documents:
1. A cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position and stating your major achievements (in English)
2. A detailed curriculum vitae with a list of your publications (in English)
3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two potential referees


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