Ph.D. position (f/m/x): Spatial vs temporal variability in water quality

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Leipzig, Germany đŸ‡©đŸ‡Ș

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The UFZ, TU Dresden, Purdue University, and the University of Florida with the German Environment Agency (UBA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the European Environment Agency (EEA) as cooperating partners participate in the Helmholtz International Research School „Trajectories towards Water Security (TRACER)” to develop a new comprehensive understanding of spatiotemporal trajectories of human impacts on natural water systems and feedbacks between human and ecological systems. We believe that this understanding must be globally transferable at multiple scales and across wide ranges of geographic, hydro-climatic, and socio-economic settings.

With TRACER, we will develop methods to (1) hindcast multi‐decadal hydro‐ecological trajectories of human impacts on water and vice versa, (2) disentangle human pressures and natural variability, (3) reliably forecast future pathways under climate- and land-use- change scenarios to achieve water security, and (4) analyze impacts of policies and regulations to enhance water security, modify social behavior and support ecological recovery.

This position is one of 4 Ph.D. positions offered through TRACER as a core for the second cohort of doctoral researchers.

Ph.D. position (f/m/x): Spatial vs temporal variability in water quality

Project start: between 01.03. and 01.04.2022, working time 65% (25.35 h/week); limited for three years; interviews will be held in weeks 5 and 6 in 2022

Your tasks:

Different parts of the landscape can be significant sources of solutes to streams. But where and how often should we measure solute concentrations to identify sources and transformations? The objective of this work is to understand the origins of spatial vs. temporal variability in water quality patterns. Your task will be:

  • Analysis of stream solute concentration variability from available continental-scale data inventories
  • Explore statistical linkages of concentration variability with landscape attributes
  • Develop a conceptual framework predicting spatial and temporal solute concentration variability

Applications must include a convincing motivation letter and two contacts for reference of reference letters.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in hydrology, environmental science, geoscience, or civil/environmental engineering
  • Experience with curating and statistically analyzing large datasets
  • Knowledge in scripting languages such as R, Python, or Matlab
  • Experience in spatial data analysis with geoinformation systems (GIS) is beneficial
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Dedication to work in an interdisciplinary team and willingness to collaborate with international partners – a research stay of at least 3 months at the University of Florida (USA) is expected

We offer:

  • Top level interdisciplinary research at a research centre which enjoys an excellent reputation within Germany as well as internationally
  • Excellent technical facilities
  • Work in inter-disciplinary and multinational teams
  • Excellent links to national and international research networks
  • Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school (HIGRADE)
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%)

The UFZ has a strong commitment to diversity and actively supports equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, disability, age or sexual identity. We look forward to applications from people who are open-minded and enjoy working in diverse teams.

Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:

Dr. Andreas Musolff
[email protected]
+49 341 235 1983

Dr. Sandra Hille
[email protected]
+49 391 810 9674

Please submit your application via our online portal with your cover letter, CV (please omit your photo, age, or marital status) and relevant attachments.

Closing date for applications:

Place of work: Leipzig