PhD position on flood resilience studies (m/f/x)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Munich, Germany 🇩🇪

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InstitutionFaculty of Geosciences – Department of Geography
Remuneration groupTV-L E13
Full-time / Part-timePart-time (75%)
Start dateApril 01, 2023
Application deadline2023-01-08

About us:

The Chair in Human Geography at the Department of Geography offers a PhD student position to support the research activities in the context of the European Research Council (ERC) project STORIES (ID: 101040939), led by Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang. This is a 5-year research project that will investigate the dynamic interactions of floods impacts and social resilience in the Mekong River basin. Based on the project, a small team will be established to do pioneering and impactful science on climate resilience.
More information find here.

We are looking for you:

PhD position on flood resilience studies (m/f/x) in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • The PhD student will carry out case studies at the upstream of Mekong River (Lancang River), particularly in Yunnan and Sichuan of China.
  • The PhD student will take an essential role in the implementation of field investigation, expert interviews, household surveys, local workshops, and data collections from various sources.
  • The PhD study shall explore flood resilience based on the case studies, by applying Agent-Based Model and/or Social Network Analysis under supervision.
  • Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals are expected from the results and findings of the case studies.

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree is required to start the PhD study, with an education background in geography or a related discipline such as spatial planning, environmental studies, hydrology, geo-informatics sciences, sociology or development studies.
  • Willingness to travel for work (field investigations, project meetings, workshops etc.) in China, Vietnam, and other Mekong basin areas is necessary.
  • Proven skills in qualitative as well as quantitative social science research methods are required.
  • Strong skills in project management, workshop moderation and organization are required.
  • Excellent English language skill (written and oral) is prerequisite.

Additional assets of interest:

  • Expertise in mathematics, statistics, modelling and/or programming (e.g. R, Netlogo, GAMA, Matlab, Python)
  • Curiosity and interests in the environmental history, anthropology and culture at the Mekong upstream and the Tea-Horse Road area in Southwest China
  • Proven skills in transdisciplinary and participatory research methods
  • Publication experience on scientific topics is an advantage
  • Language skills (written and oral) in German, Chinese, and/or that at the Mekong basin.


A PhD student position is forseen for three years. We seek to increase the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Applications shall be compiled into one PDF document that includes a motivation letter, detailed CV, list of publications, a brief research proposal (2-3 pages), supporting documents and certificates, and contact details of at least two potential references. Interested applicants are invited to submit their applications by email to
The interviews with short-listed candidates are scheduled for the end of January 2023. For further information or to discuss the positions please contact Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang by email

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