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Academic Staff Member (f/m) (PhD position) "Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World"
University of Potsdam
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.
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)
Responsibilities and requirements depend on the PhD project and are outlined on the website
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/natriskchange/index/job-opportunities.html. Candidates can apply for up to three projects and are expected
to motivate their choice. Depending on the specific project, we are seeking applications from highly motivated individuals with an
excellent Diploma / Master's degree in Meteorology, Geosciences, Remote Sensing, Engineering Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology,
Geoecology, Ecology, Climatology, Environmental Science, Geoinformatics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Data Sciences or related fields.
Fluency in the English language (speaking and writing) as well as the willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team, including
cooperations with international research groups are essential. Most projects require programming skills, a solid background in statistics,
and an interest in the quantitative assessment of natural hazards.
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 on the 1st of 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.