Three post-doctoral researcher positions to study the long-term changes of terrestrial water cycle via ResearchGate

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Prague, Czechia 🇨🇿

Job description

We are seeking highly motivated and skilled post-doctoral researchers to join our research group and contribute to the ITHACA project focused on understanding the variability and change of the hydrological cycle over land.

The project aims to investigate how the intensification of the hydrological cycle will impact water availability over land. The research group will analyze long-term hydroclimatic datasets and applying state-of-the-art statistical techniques to identify spatio-temporal patterns and trends of past, present, and future change. We will use these results to evaluate the accuracy and performance of existing hydrological models, and to advance our understanding over the complex interactions between the hydrological cycle, climate, and land surface processes. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide some actionable information about the potential impacts of hydrological cycle acceleration on water availability over land.

We are looking for candidates with a diverse set of skills and expertise, such as:

  • A hydrologist or climatologist with experience in analyzing and modeling the hydrological cycle to provide insight on the complex processes involved in water movement over land and contextualize the hydroclimatic changes observed in the data. They will conduct analysis of hydroclimatic data from a range of sources, apply  statistical methods to identify patterns and drivers of changes in the      hydrological cycle at local, regional, and global scales, and collaborate      with other researchers in the group and external partners to integrate      hydroclimatic data with process-based modeling approaches.
  • A paleoclimatologist with expertise in reconstructing past climate variability that will provide      valuable insights into the mechanisms driving past changes over the      Holocene. They will collect, compile, and analyze paleoclimate data from a      range of sources, to reconstruct past climate variability, apply      statistical models to evaluate the sensitivity of the hydrological cycle      to past climate variability, and collaborate with other members of the research team to integrate paleoclimate data with hydrological models.
  • A statistician or data      scientist with expertise in handling large and complex      datasets, to develop and apply statistical methods to identify patterns and trends in the hydroclimatic data and evaluate the performance of hydrological and climate models and the significance of observed change. A key responsibility is to work with and further develop the CoSMoS:      Complete Stochastic Modelling Solution package in R, and therefore relevant experience in package development and parallelization techniques  is required. Some background in hydrological or climatic processes would also be considered an asset.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the candidates should have experience in collaborating across different fields and excellent communication skills to facilitate effective teamwork and the dissemination of the research results. Previous mentoring and teaching experience is considered important, since the position involves working closely with Ph.D. candidates and supervising courses such as Exploratory Data Analysis, Applied Environmental Statistics or Earth System Sciences.

Started in 2022, this 5-year project is led by Dr. Y. Markonis and consists of experts in hydroclimatology (M. Hanel, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague), hydrology (O. Rakovec, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research), and stochastic hydrology (S. M. Papalexiou, University of Calgary). In addition, it is also supported by external collaborations with Rutgers University, Imperial College London, and Beijing Normal University.

We offer an annual contract starting as soon as possible with an extension of up to three years and a competitive salary depending on the candidate’s expertise, plus publication bonuses. Most importantly, we offer an inclusive, thriving environment, where you can develop your scientific aspirations and enjoy performing research.

The post-doctoral positions will remain open until filled. We invite interested candidates to apply through

About the employer

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU) is the leading Czech university in water research. Currently, the university has more than 18 000 students (10% are international students), six Faculties and one Institute. CZU offers over 170 accredited study programs at B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. levels with a quarter of them offered in English. Since 2007 the Czech University of Life Sciences has been a member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences and was recently ranked as the most sustainable university in the Czech Republic.

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES) is one of the top Faculties nationwide with extensive experience in teaching and broad research interests. It follows an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach in the doctoral and master’s degree programs, and the faculty is committed to providing graduate students with skills to be successful in a range of careers.

The project will be carried out in the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Modeling, a fast-growing and dynamic department with high research activity and increasing international exposure. Our scientific studies cover a broad range of subjects ranging from hydroclimatic variability to planetary hydrology. CZU is located in Prague, one of the top-ranked European cities to live in, with a rich history in arts and science.





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