PhD student position with focus on the drought-human-environment nexus
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.
The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the largest and scientifically broadest Earth Science Department in Sweden and includes research programmes in Mineralogy, petrology and tectonics, Geophysics, Palaeobiology, Hydrogeology, Meteorology and Natural resource science.
We are recruiting a PhD candidate in Environmental Assessment at the Department of Earth Sciences, Programme for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences. The position is part of several research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Swedish Research Council for health, working life and welfare (FORTE). The goals of these projects are to improve the knowledge about drought propagation and to identify sensitive regions that suffer from the most severe drought conditions. Furthermore, the projects aim at increasing our understanding of the perception of drought events among the general public and decision makers, as well as preparedness for drought events. We would also like to provide knowledge on how risk management objectives are interlinked with objectives in other sectors in Sweden, increase our understanding of how women are affected by droughts in India and identify barriers to implementing preparedness policies/strategies.
The applicant shall have a university science degree (MSc) in environmental sciences, (physical) geography, hydrology, or related areas relevant to the PhD topic. Insights into other research fields like e.g. gender studies, sociology or political science are desirable. The applicant must have basic computer skills. Good communication skills in English, both spoken and written, are required. Experience in GIS and remote sensing is an advantage. Experience in policy analysis, conducting interviews, planning/evaluating surveys and/or organizing stakeholder workshops would be an asset.
As a PhD student, you will be part of an international research environment while you expand your knowledge of the field and write your thesis. This gives opportunities for many inspiring conversations, a lot of autonomous work and some travel (especially to India). Great importance will be attached to the candidate's personal suitability for the post.
The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years including departmental duties and teaching at a level of at most 20%.
Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1.
The application should include a cover letter shortly describing your personal motivation for applying for this PhD position, relevant skills/ qualifications and research interests. The application should also include a CV, copies of relevant exams, degrees and grades, MSc thesis and other relevant documents, such as letter(s) of recommendation and contact details of two referees. We would also like to know the earliest possible date for starting. Please note that applications can only be accepted via the web interface linked below.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 01-12-2019 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.
Scope of employment: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact: Claudia Teutschbein, tel. +46 18-4714177, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit your application by 31 Oct 2019, UFV-PA 2019/3213.
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Placement: Department of Earth Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/3213
Last application date: 2019-10-31