Doctoral position in IRTG TransTiP: Modelling water fluxes in alpine catchments

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Hannover, Germany
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We are seeking a highly motivated doctoral researcher for the DFG-funded Sino-German Research Training Group (GRK 2309) “Geo-ecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau” (TransTiP).

TransTiP strives to understand effects of climate change on the Tibetan Plateau, an area of crucial importance for the global hydrological, energy and biogeochemical cycles. In particular, the research program focuses to bridge our understanding on dynamics of sediments, soil organic carbon, water, and biodiversity in the light of land use and climate change. For more details please refer to

As a core task, the researcher will use hydrogeological tools in a permafrost dominated alpine catchment in order to answer a variety of topics including sediment transport, freeze-thaw cycles, small- (Richards flow) and large-scale (groundwater flow) water fluxes, as well as method development to constrain hydrogeophysical parameters (e.g. hydraulic conductivity). This work should go hand in hand with a doctoral research project working on sediment and water transport models using geophysical methods. Furthermore, we encourage the researcher to develop and pursue an own, independent research line fitting the main scientific interests of the host laboratories and further develop leadership skills by closely collaborating with the doctoral researchers of TransTiP. Willingness to perform sampling trips in high-altitude areas and to perform part of the experimental work in collaborating Chinese research institutions (Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing and Lhasa) is mandatory. Project details can be found here: .