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12 Academic Staff Members in the DFG-Research Training Group “Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World” (NatRiskChange)


Together with its partners, the University of Potsdam jointly offers the following positions in the DFG-Research Training Group “Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World” (NatRiskChange, GRK 2043/1):

12 Academic Staff Members (12 PhD-positions, part-time, 30 hours per Week - 75 % at the salary grade E 13 TV-L)

Deadline: 20th May 2018

In October 2015, the DFG Research Training Group “Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World” (NatRiskChange) was established at the University of Potsdam and is run in cooperation with the Freie Universität of Berlin, the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

NatRiskChange aims to develop methods that improve hazard and risk analyses and quantifications considering the transient, non-stationary nature of hazards and risks due to changing natural and anthropogenically altered components of the earth system. Key scientific aims are the development, testing and pilot application of methods that are able to identify, quantify or predict transient natural hazards and associated risks. Earthquakes, floods, mass movements and storms are of major research interest.

Applicants are asked to refer one or two of the following topics:

239-I5/2018: Changes in European windstorm characteristics (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Uwe Ulbrich,Dr. Henning Rust, FU Berlin)

239-I6/2018: Detecting time-depending forcing of seismicity (Supervisors: Dr. Sebastian Hainzl, GFZ Potsdam; Prof. Dr. Matthias Holschneider, PD Dr. Gert Zöller, University of Potsdam)

239-I7/2018: Time dependent monitoring of active faults and landslides properties: developing new data processing approaches based on music information retrieval (MIR) strategies (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Fabrice Cotton, GFZ Potsdam; Prof. Dr. Frank Scherbaum, Dr. Matthias Ohrnberger, University of Potsdam)

239-I8/2018: Learning landslide triggers from complex networks (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Oliver Korup, University of Potsdam; Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kurths, PIK Potsdam)

239-I9/2018: Analysis of concurrent climate extremes driving land degradation and recovery in the Mediterranean regions (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Eva Paton, TU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Axel Bronstert, University of Potsdam, Dr. V. Aich, WMO)

239-Q5/2018: Recurrence analysis of event-like hydrological data with uncertainties (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kurths, PIK Potsdam; Prof. Dr. Bruno Merz, GFZ Potsdam, Dr. Norbert Marwan, PIK Potsdam)

239-Q6/2018: Investigation of interrelationships between floods and climate variability using multilayer complex networks (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Bruno Merz, GFZ Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kurths, Dr. Norbert Marwan, PIK Potsdam)

239-Q7/2018: Changes of vulnerability in respect to flood induced business interruption (Supervisors: Dr. Heidi Kreibich, GFZ Potsdam; Gert Zöller, University of Potsdam)

239-Q8/2018: Evolving Risks from Himalayan Glacial Outburst Floods (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ariane Walz, Prof. Dr. Oliver Korup, University of Potsdam; Dr. Sigrid Rössner, GFZ Potsdam)

239-P5/2018: Altered hydrological and sediment event dynamics in high alpine areas (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Axel Bronstert, Dr. Theresa Blume, GFZ Potsdam)  

239-P6/2018: Linking occurrence probabilities to large scale flow (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Henning Rust, Prof. Dr. Uwe Ulbrich, FU Berlin)

239-P7/2018: Adaptation to flood risk - from quantification to prediction of adaptive behaviour of flood-prone residents (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Annegret Thieken, University of Potsdam; Prof. Dr. Jeroen Aerts, VU/IVM Amsterdam; Dr. Philip Bubeck, University of Potsdam)

Responsibilities and requirements depend on the PhD-project and are outlined on the website 

Candidates can apply for up to three projects and are expected to motivate their choice.

The PhD-posts are part-time (75 %), fixed-term employment contracts for 3 years. The salary scale is TV-L E13. Employment in all positions shall begin at 1st October 2018.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The NatRiskChange consortium strives to increase the proportion of women in research and specifically encourages females to apply for these positions.

Applications should include the following components: CV, letter of motivation, research interests (specific interests and research plan for the chosen PhD-project), a record of studies, master and bachelor certificates including a transcript of records, two letters of recommendation as well as an English language certificate.

Applications can only be submitted through .

Deadline for applications is 20th May 2018.