4 PhD positions in Hydrological and Hydraulic 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.

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

1. Modelling of pollution transport processes in rivers

The PhD student will be involved in the work connected with different aspects of pollution transport modelling in rivers, including developing of existing or implantation of the new numerical models to simulate the spread of the pollution in rivers.

The ideal candidate should hold a master degree in mathematics, physics, informatics or a related subject. We are looking for a person with proficiency in using mathematical models to analyse environmental data. Programming skills are required. Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

For more information contact Dr Monika Kalinowska (mkalinow@igf.edu.pl)

2. The role of vegetation in river valleys in the context of the UNESCO report WWDR2018, titled "nature?based solutions for water"

The PhD student will be involved in the work aimed to the understanding of the role of vegetation in river systems. This will be a combination of field, experimental, computational and theoretical research. Vegetation in river systems may help us in solving a variety of water management challenges, however, there are numerous research gaps that still do not allow us to fully understand how the system works.

Requirements for candidates: The candidate should hold a master degree in mathematics, physics, geophysics, environmental sciences or a related subject. We are looking for a person with good mathematical skills. Experience in conducting experimental research is welcome, programming skills are desirable. Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

For more information contact Dr Monika Kalinowska (mkalinow@igf.edu.pl)

3. Hysteresis in river morphology

The study will compare different rivers worldwide by means of satellite imagery, aiming to extrapolate general relationships between quantities like hydrology (discharge/precipitation), active width and morphological changes. Using a mathematical description of such relationships, site-specific and general river management strategies will be developed. Typical hysteretic patterns are observable in water discharge and suspended sediment transport, and many factors can contribute to define the magnitude and the behaviour of such hysteresis. At the larger scale, it is interesting to evaluate the effects of the hydrological forcing (successive dry and wet periods) on the bed morphology, looking for possible hysteretic trends (namely, searching for a "memory" of the river system). Indeed, for managing alluvial watercourse, it is necessary to evaluate the changes of the cross-section shape due to variable water stages, aiming to forecast future patterns on the basis of hydrological information.

Requirements for candidates: should hold a master's degree in mathematics, physics, geophysics, environmental sciences, river engineering or a related subject. We are looking for a person with good mathematical skills and knowledge of remote sensing. Experience in conducting experimental research is welcome, programming skills are desirable. Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

For more information contact Dr Michael Nones (mnones@igf.edu.pl)

4. Vegetation patterns in fluvial bars

The PhD student will investigate if the vegetation can grow and create characteristic patterns depending or not from the hydrology, the grainsize and the geometry of the river. River bars are present all over the world, both in watercourses dominated by sand and in torrents covered by gravel. Based on these considerations, the study will combine field information derived from satellite and fixed-camera images with numerical models to evaluate if specific patterns of vegetation are discernible in different river types.

Requirements for candidates: should hold a master's degree in mathematics, physics, geophysics, environmental sciences, river engineering or a related subject. We are looking for a person with good mathematical skills and knowledge of remote sensing. Experience in conducting experimental research is welcome, programming skills are desirable. Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

For more information contact Dr Michael Nones (mnones@igf.edu.pl)

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

The deadline for the application is 19th August, 2019.

The detailed information about recruitment process, required documents and the evaluation procedure can be found at: https://www.igf.edu.pl/phdstudies.php

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.