Postgraduate Research Associate (Project Employment) / PhD position on "Regionalization of groundwater recharge in Austria

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Vienna, Austria
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The Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment, Institute for Hydrology and Water Management at BOKU is currently seeking a Postgraduate Research Associate (project employment).

The PhD position is integrated in the ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) project „RechAUT“. The aim of this project is to quantify and predict groundwater recharge rates, their variability and uncertainties and the potential impacts for land use and water management in Austria.

To address this aim this project will:

  • make use of the existing long-term monitoring infrastructure with soil water monitoring data for up to 20 years at 14 locations in Austria,
  • develop and apply new calibration and validation procedures for estimation of soil hydraulic properties and groundwater recharge rates and associated uncertainties for the local scales,
  • upscale the local information by its implementation into regional hydrological and integrated bio-physical, economic model approaches and testing the improvement of implementation by analysing the model uncertainties,
  • and assess implications of climate and socio-economic drivers on water availability, land use and crop production.

The outcomes of the study are

  1. A set of scientifically based mathematical models on different scales for simulation and prediction of water fluxes and soil water balance in Austria,
  2. Maps giving information on groundwater recharge rates including their uncertainties for current and future climate conditions, and
  3. Integrated land-water management guidelines to provide policy advice on sustainable utilization and management of soil water resources in the context of global change.

Based on these outcomes, we will identify areas in Austria with potential conflicts in water availability for agricultural production or areas with reduced groundwater recharge rates requiring a more sustainable management of groundwater resources and irrigation. Thus, the project contribute to realization of the Agenda 2030 by estimating the current and future groundwater recharge rates for Austria which is indispensable for a sustainable use of groundwater resources and thus directly linked to the Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Further this project will identify regions with changes in the availability of water as a resource and provide solutions on water management for reducing potential conflicts over water use.

The advertised PhD position will focus on the regional hydrological modelling and regionalization aspects of the project. However, there will be a strong and intensive collaboration with the other PhD students and team members involved.

Gross monthly salary and pay grade in terms of collective agreement for university staff (payable 14 times per year): B1, € 2.148,40

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna seeks to increase the number of its female faculty and staff members. Therefore qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference unless reasons specific to an individual male candidate tilt the balance in his favour.

Please send your job application to the Personnel department, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Peter-Jordan-Straße 70; E-Mail: (Reference code: 169)

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