PhD: Seasonal Water Resources Management in Semiarid Regions: Application-oriented Transfer of Regionalized Global Information (SaWaM)

Universität Potsdam, Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften

Applications are invited for one position (funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research BMBF) at the Institute for Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Potsdam:
Academic Staff Member (Research scientist - PhD candidate): Requ. No: 108/2017
The position is for 30 hours of work per week (75%) Salary scale: TVL 13-Ost)
The contract is limited to 3 years, in accordance with Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG). and will commence at (or later, by agreement):
March 15, 2017

The position is embedded in the BMBF-funded research consortium Seasonal Water Resources Management in Semiarid Regions:
Application-oriented Transfer of Regionalized Global Information (SaWaM). The overall goal is to develop and analyze methods and tools for application-oriented water management in data-sparse semi-arid regions. Seven German scientific partners and two companies are employing a regional focus on dryland regions, such as Sudan, Iran, Brazil, Ecuador/Peru, and West Africa. Our temporal scale covers past decades until today and for an operational forecast mode it will address the upcoming 1-12 months. SaWaM employs models for seasonal forecasting, water availability, sedimentation processes, and ecosystem states. Models are complemented by satellite-borne methods.

The main working tasks for the PhD candidate at University of Potsdam are:
  • Adaptation of a hydro-sedimentological modeling-system for the upper meso-scale and its extension regarding processes and measures of water management. This includes water transfer, specific management of reservoirs, and water abstraction and various scales;
  • Basin-wide simulation of hydro-sedimentological processes for selected regions, and further applications for seasonal predictions and different options for water management strategies.

The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. Full applications should be sent, preferably by Email, by 05.03.2017 at the latest.

Potsdam, 16 February 2017
Required qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in geoecology, hydrology, water management, engineering or similar;
  • Experience and commitment to engage in activities of the above mentioned methods, including participation in close co-operation with international partners;
  • Solid programming skills, preferably Fortran or C and R;
  • Experience with hydrological models, erosion approaches and hydro-climatol. data-analysis;
  • Good command of English and German languages, willingness to travel and/or stays abroad;
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team, including co-operations with international universities, hydro-environmental consultant, governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Universität Potsdam, Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften
Chair of Hydrology and Climatology
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25
14476 Potsdam
Prof. A. Bronstert
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