5 PhD positions in Hydrological Sciences

The Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the leading scientific centre in Poland in the field of the Earth physics research. The Institute's research programme considers experimental and theoretical studies in scientific disciplines such as seismology, geomagnetism, atmospheric physics, geophysical imaging, lithospheric research, hydrology & hydrodynamics and polar & marine research. The Institute employs about 200 people (including 60 academics) and is a member of major international geophysical bodies.

As a member of the Geoplanet Doctoral School and Environmental Doctoral School, the Institute of Geophysics offers the PhD courses in geophysics. The course lasts 4 years, is conducted in English and ends with a PhD thesis. During the course, the student attends lectures and participates in research under the direction of a supervisor.

Doctoral students can receive, for the duration of their studies, a doctoral scholarship 2100 PLN monthly. The best three candidates from abroad may apply for scholarship 5000 PLN monthly. PhD scholarships paid as part of scientific projects conducted by some supervisors (e.g. National Science Centre of Poland - see below) can reach 5000 PLN monthly (depend on the project).

The Institute of Geophysics seeks applicants
for five doctoral positions
in Hydrological Sciences and related topics.

1. Hindcasting and projections of hydro-climatic conditions of Southern Spitsbergen

The main focus of the PhD will be an analysis of rainfall-runoff processes in the Arctic catchments located in South Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. The behaviour of river catchments, in conjunction with glaciers, permafrost and biotic elements, is undoubtedly one of the most important indicators of climate and environmental change in the Arctic. The main aim will be an updated water-balance study based on meteorological, hydrological, and glacier mass-balance monitoring from previous years and projections for the future.

The ideal candidate should be familiar with hydrological measurements, remote sensing methods, statistical data analysis, and be familiar with programming (MATLAB, R) and GIS (e.g. ArcGIS). The candidate will be expected to work partially in the Arctic.

For more information contact Dr Marzena Osuch (marz@igf.edu.pl)

Please apply to the International Environmental Doctoral School (see below)

2. Modelling drought dynamics under changing climatic conditions

The PhD scholarship is funded by the National Science Centre of Poland, within the SHENG1 Polish-Chinese project "Human and climate impacts on drought dynamics and vulnerability (HUMDROUGHT)". The project is run in cooperation with the Hydrology Department of the Hohai University, Nanjing, China. The successful candidate will develop skills in integrated surface and groundwater modelling, uncertainty analysis, climate change impacts on droughts and working with large datasets.

Requirements for candidates: Master's degree in exact sciences (preferred physics or mathematics), natural sciences (earth sciences) or technical sciences and a positive result of recruitment for doctoral studies at the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (until the beginning of work); solid basis in the fields of mathematical modelling of environmental processes, statistics (candidates who graduated from physics, informatics and environmental science faculties are preferred); experience in numerical analysis of large data sets; programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, R, FORTRAN, PYTHON etc.); a good level of both written and spoken English is mandatory, together with good communication skills.

For more information contact Prof. Renata Romanowicz (romanowicz@igf.edu.pl)

Please apply to the GeoPlanet Doctoral School (see below)

3. Vulnerability of the San River catchment to a change of magnitude and spatio-temporal precipitation patterns

The PhD research consist on the modelling of the runoff from a river catchment for various pre-selected scenarios of the precipitation distribution, both temporal and spatial. Furthermore, the patterns, potentially most dangerous from the point of view of culmination flows in the selected profile (e.g. closing cross-section), will be indicated. As a case study we propose the River San catchment (South-East Poland), because it is highly diversified in terms of hydrological, geographical and social conditions. Except from the regular precipitation and discharge data available in the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, the radar precipitation data will be employed (also prepared by the Institute of Meteorology), together with synthetic scenarios (i.e. based on computer modelling) of the rainfall spatial coverage and magnitude.

Requirements for candidates: MSc in hydrology or geophysics or environmental sciences or technical sciences (engineering); math literacy, basic knowledge of hydrological processes, hydraulics, GIS; English reading/writing/speaking at least at the level enabling understanding of scientific publications and interactions with international collaborators; programming skills in any computer language; knowledge of Polish language will be an additional asset.

For more information contact Dr Krzysztof Kochanek (kochanek@igf.edu.pl)

Please apply to the GeoPlanet Doctoral School (see below)

4. Assimilation of radar data for analysis of spatio-temporal rainfall patterns causing the largest floods in the San basin.

In the PhD research we propose to carry out the assimilation of the radar precipitation data with the in-situ State Monitoring System (both monitored by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management) in order to distinguish certain scheme of the spatial distribution of the precipitation which creates the peak flows in selected profiles of the pilot River San (South-East Poland).

Requirements for candidates: MSc in hydrology or geophysics or environmental sciences or technical sciences (engineering); math literacy, basic knowledge of hydrological processes, hydraulics, GIS; English reading/writing/speaking at least at the level enabling understanding of scientific publications and interactions with international collaborators; programming skills in any computer language; knowledge of Polish language will be an additional asset.

For more information contact Dr Krzysztof Kochanek (kochanek@igf.edu.pl)

Please apply to the GeoPlanet Doctoral School (see below)

5. Stationary and non-stationary analysis of upper quantiles of seasonal and annual flow maxima distributions in the selected hydrological nodes of the Vistula river and its tributaries and the reaches between them.

The multimodel approach leads to distinctively more stable estimates of floods as the length of the observation series used for estimation of the parameters and quantiles increases. The scientific thesis to be verified in the PhD is that multimodel approach is a robust, stable method for describing the probability distributions of maximum seasonal flows. In the PhD research we plan to concentrate on the derivation of the point estimators of quantiles by their asymptotic standard error and to scrutinise the issues of the change of flood regimes downstream significant riverine tributaries in two possible scenarios: (A) synchronous and (B) asynchronous flood waves of high waters. The necessary data will be provided by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management.

Requirements for candidates: MSc in hydrology or geophysics or environmental sciences or technical sciences (engineering); math literacy, basic knowledge of hydrological processes, hydraulics, GIS; English reading/writing/speaking at least at the level enabling understanding of scientific publications and interactions with international collaborators; programming skills in any computer language; knowledge of Polish language will be an additional asset.

For more information contact Dr Krzysztof Kochanek (kochanek@igf.edu.pl)

Please apply to the GeoPlanet Doctoral School (see below)

Recruitment to the positions is carried out in the form of the competition.

The deadline for the application is 19th August, 2019 (GeoPlanet) and 31st August 2019 (International Environmental Doctoral School).

The detailed information about recruitment process, required documents and the evaluation procedure can be found at:
GeoPlanet Doctoral School: https://www.igf.edu.pl/phdstudies.php
International Environmental Doctoral School: https://www.mssd.us.edu.pl/en/

For additional information contact Dr Krzysztof Kochanek (kochanek@igf.edu.pl) or Anna Cygan (sn@igf.edu.pl)













posted: 10 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.