PhD Position in Dynamics of Compound Climate Extremes

Uppsala University

Uppsala, , SE

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 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). 

The Programme for Air, Water, and Landscape Science encompasses education and research in meteorology, hydrology, environmental analysis, and physical geography. 

Duties: G. Messori’s research group hosts two H2020 research projects and several national projects, focussing on multiple aspects of mid and high latitude climate extremes. The Ph. D. candidate will work within the frame of ERC grant “Compound Climate Extremes in North America and Europe: from Dynamics to Predictability”. By using indicators issued from dynamical systems theory and existing global climate model simulations, the candidate will contribute to identifying compound extremes hotspots and the large-scale atmospheric dynamics driving the compound occurrences, in both present and future climates.

Position: The PhD student position is a 4-year full time appointment, and the candidate will primarily devote the time to his/her own research studies. Other departmental work, such as teaching or administration can be part of the position (maximum 20 %). Salary placement is in accordance with local guidelines at Uppsala University. The applicant must be eligible for PhD studies at Uppsala University. Information about research education can be found at the web site of the Faculty of Science and Technology,

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines

Requirements: A Master’s or corresponding degree in Climate Science, Earth Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Meteorology, or related disciplines. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Additional qualifications: Good computing and coding skills are a merit. The ranking of the candidates will also accord weight to evidence of analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. Experience in private sector employment in fields relevant to the position will also be positively evaluated.

The application should contain:

  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A verified list of course grades.
  • A cover letter stating your scientific interests and what motivates you to apply for this position.
  • Your degree project/thesis (finished or in draft form).
  • Two references (names and full contact details, including telephone number).

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD candidates.

Starting date: As agreed, at the earliest 2021-01-01

Type of position: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: Full-time position (100%).

For further information about the position please contact: Gabriele Messori, e-mail: [email protected]

Please submit your application by 5 November 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3451.

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