Ph.D Position in Agro-hydrological modelling of socio-hydrosystems under global change (H/F)

We are looking for a creative, qualified and motivated Ph.D candidate in the context of the project TRAJECTORY "Evolution of water quality and quantity of an socio-hydrosystem under global change: co-design of scenarios and trajectory modelling for short-term (2030), medium-term (2050) and long-term (2100) in the Souffel catchment (Bas-Rhin) France" at the Institut of Earth and Environment of Strasbourg (ITES: Hydrogeochemistry). The project is co-funded by the Water Agency and will be developed in strong collaboration with the Research Unit GESTE (sociology and economy), the Laboratory of Agronomy and Environment (LAE: agronomy) and the Regional Chamber of Agriculture Grand-Est (CRAGE: agronomy).

The project involves (i) the co-design with stakeholders of agro-ecological scenarios from 'business as usual' to ambitious transition to decrease the impact of global change on the surface water and groundwater of a local agricultural catchment (Souffel, 121 km˛), (ii) the development of a modelling framework coupling socio-economical and agro-hydrological components and using the existing models developed by the partners (ITES, GESTE, LAE and CRAGE), (iii) the simulation of temporal trajectories of the Souffel socio-hydrosystem for the scenarios 2030, 2050 and 2100, (iv) the interpretation of the agronomical, socio-economical, hydrological and ecological sustainability of the agro-ecological scenarios, especially on nitrate and pesticides releases, and (v) an analysis of the perception and appropriation of this trajectory framework and associated results by the stakeholders, including the farmers. The work to be performed by the Ph.D candidate includes:

  • Co-designing the agro-ecological scenarios with a steering committee of stakeholders
  • Designing, storage and processing of the required database for the modelling framework
  • Simulating the Souffel's catchment trajectories with the agro-hydrological models
  • Working collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and with external partners
  • Preparing peer-reviewed scientific publications and presentations for scientific conferences Applications will require :
  • A M.Sc degree in catchment and/or contaminant hydrology (within the last 2 years)
  • Advanced experience in modelling
  • Demonstrated interest for socio-hydrosystems, including agronomical and socio-economical concepts and analyses
  • Good command of the English language and fluent in French to manage interaction with stakeholders
  • Communication skills and an ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientist, engineers and technicians
  • The publication of at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal will be an additional asset
  • A working knowledge on analyse of stakeholder roles in socio-ecosystems will be an additional asset

The position is for three years. We offer salary and social benefits according to French public sector regulations. Please submit your application, including letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, copies of certificates, and the names and contact information of potential referees, and all the other requested information to (Portail Emploi CNRS).

Scientific contact: Sylvain Payraudeau (Professor, ENGEES, and Rémi Barbier (Professor, ENGEES,

Closing date for applications is May 29, 2021. Preferred starting period will be October 2021

Additional Information: The ITES ( focuses on flow and transport in continental hydrological systems. Research at University of Strasbourg covers all areas of science, and encourage interdisciplinary and international collaborations. Located at the earth of Europe in a trinational region of dynamic economic activity, Strasbourg is a pioneer city in terms of environmental awareness in France, and a very pleasant place to live in.

posted: 10 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.