Two postdoctoral position in Natural Hazards

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The Department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department"s programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet).Ror more information see:

The Centre of Natural Hazard and Disaster Science (CNDS) is a research center that brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from different departments at Uppsala University, Swedish Defense University, and Karlstad University ( The research conducted at CNDS aims to improve the ability to prevent and deal with natural hazards and disasters. For more information see

The Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, which is affiliated to CNDS, is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers (2-year positions) in natural hazards. They will contribute to the Department’s strategic research area of Natural Hazards. This theme deals with the drivers, processes and consequences of extreme events of natural origins, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, floods, droughts, and landslides. CNDS’s scope extends from natural hazards, to their impact on physical infrastructure and society (risk) and disaster mitigation actions, including contacts with public authorities and industry. Current areas of focus include assessment of natural hazards individually and in combination (multi-hazards), triggered hazard events (e.g. earthquake stimulated landslides or dam failures leading to flooding) and cascading consequences for society (risk).

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The postdocs are expected to contribute to development of new methods or models for a better understanding of complex natural hazards, including cascading events, and interplay between hazards in combination with physical infrastructure and society’s disaster response and mitigation actions.


PhD degree in Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Hydrology, Meteorology, Geophysics or similar disciplines with experience of natural hazard studies. Or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in above subjects. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

The applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Additional qualifications

Competence in understanding and quantifying the risk to society from natural hazards, and ability to interact effectively in a multi-disciplinary research environment.

About the employment

The employments is two temporary positions of 2 years according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 15-06-2022 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Giuliano Di Baldassarre,, Abigail Barker, Gabriele Messori Björn Lund Steffi Burchardt

Please submit your application by 27 April 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1000.

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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: 2
Working hours: 100%
Town: Uppsala
County: Uppsala län
Country: Sweden
Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1000
Last application date: 2022-04-27

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