Researcher in surface hydrology

Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden 🇸🇪

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

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). Please visit: for more information about the department.

The researcher will be placed at Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences, Programme for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences.

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Human societies strongly rely on access to water resources, which are essential to support livelihoods and provide favourable conditions for sustainable development. While benefiting from water services and struggling with water-related disasters (floods and droughts), humans also alter the hydrological regime by building dams, canals, levees, etc… The purpose of this project is to understand the dynamic relationships between water and people by exploring how societies change the hydrological regime while, at the same time, hydrological changes simultaneously shape societies. This work aims at understanding and modelling of human-water interactions, and the risks emerging from the feedbacks between social and hydrological processes. The study will be part of HydroSocialExtremes, an ERC project that aims to unravel the interplay between floods, droughts, and human societies. The research will be affiliated to the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS). Moreover, the scientific work will be carried out in support of three strategic research goals of the department: natural hazards, climate and sustainable development.

To qualify for a researcher position you must have a PhD or a corresponding degree. A PhD in hydrology, water resources engineering or similar studies is required. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Additional qualifications
In filling this position, the university aims at recruiting a person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the project. Experience of work with modelling and programming skills are merits for this position.

How to apply: We ask the applicant to attach a letter (1 page) explaining how she/he would like to conduct research on the interplay between the dynamics of human and water systems. The application must contain a CV, copies of relevant diploma, a copy of the PhD thesis, publications and other documents (e.g. list of reference persons).

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position 24 months. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 01-12-2021 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Giuliano Di Baldassarre, e-mail [email protected].

Please submit your application by 29 October 2021, UFV-PA 2021/3629.

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Placement: Department of Earth Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben [email protected]
ST/TCO [email protected]
Saco-rĂĄdet [email protected]

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/3629

Last application date: 2021-10-29





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