PhD Scholarship for German and International Students in Germany, 2014

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is inviting applications for a PhD position in the SuperSmart Grid Research Group. The position will investigate political and technical issues related to the transformation of Europe’s energy system. The PhD student position will initially be for 24 months and will start as soon as possible. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be favorably regarded. International applications are highly welcomed.

Study Subject(s): The position will investigate political and technical issues related to the transformation of Europe’s energy system.
Course Level: Position is available for undertaking a PhD research project.
Scholarship Provider: 
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Eligibility: PIK is searching for a candidate with a strong interest in establishing a research program in the field of renewable energy, energy security, power grid development, or other decarbonisation-related topics. The successful candidate(s) will also be expected to contribute to existing projects and work closely with other members of the research group to develop project proposals and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals. Suitable candidates will have a strong academic interest. For the position, a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political sciences, economics, or a related social-scientific subject, or in energy systems, engineering, or a similar subject is required. Excellent command of oral and written English, and willingness to actively engage with new, unorthodox concepts and methods in an interdisciplinary and international team are essential requirements. Proficiency in German or French is an advantage. PIK seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be favorably regarded. International applications are highly welcomed.

Scholarship Open for International Students: German and international citizens can apply for this PhD position.

Scholarship Description: The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is a member of the Leibniz Association. With around 300 employees, it is one of the world’s leading research institutes in its field and generates knowledge as a basis for policy, economy and society. At PIK, researchers from the natural and the social sciences work together across disciplines. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is seeking to fill a position in the SuperSmart Grid Research Group, located in Research Domain 4: Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods:

Number of award(s): One PhD position will be available.

Duration of award(s): The PhD student position will initially be for 24 months and will start as soon as possible.

What does it cover? Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany (TV-L 13).

Selection Criteria: Completed applications will be judged using a blinded review process and a predetermined scoring system. Individual members of the scholarship committee from all over the state will independently judge each entry. Criteria for the judging includes academic performance, professional involvement, financial need, a letter of reference, a short essay, and a written statement of personal and professional goals.

Notification: Not Known

Online Application: Applications should be sent to Dr. Jon Lilley via email (jon.lilley-at-pik-potsdam.de). The selected candidate will be required to provide copies of all university certificates. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not receive a response. To apply, please submit in English:
-Cover letter
-CV (including a list of publications)
-Names and contact information of two references

Scholarship Application Deadline: The closing date for applications is September 12, 2014.

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