Researcher in Water and Society

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 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences 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). For more information, please visit:

The Programme for Air, Water, and Landscape Science encompasses education and research in meteorology, hydrology, environmental analysis, and physical geography. More information on the programme for air-water and landscape science can be found at

Within the framework of a recently granted ERC project (HydroSocial Extremes), we are announcing a researcher position. The project aims to unravel the interactions between hydrological extremes (floods and droughts) and society. 

The researcher will be placed at Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences, Programme for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences.

Project description

Human societies strongly rely on access to water resources, which are essential to support livelihoods and provide favourable conditions for sustainable development. While benefiting from water services and struggling with water-related disasters (floods and droughts), humans also alter the hydrological regime by building dams, canals, levees, etc… The purpose of this project is to understand the dynamic relationships between water and people by exploring how societies change the hydrological regime while, at the same time, hydrological changes simultaneously shape societies. This work will aim to improve our understanding of human-water interactions, and the dynamics emerging from the feedbacks between hydrological and social processes. The study will be part of HydroSocialExtremes, an ERC project that aims to unravel the interactions between hydrological extremes (floods and droughts) and society. The work will also be carried out in support of three strategic research goals of the department: natural hazards, climate and sustainable development.

Qualifications required: To qualify for a researcher position you must have a PhD or a corresponding degree. A PhD in political science, human geography, or similar studies is required. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English. Working experience from developing countries is meritorious.

Criteria for ranking: In filling this position, the university aims at recruiting a person who, in a combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the project.  

How to apply: We ask the applicant to attach a letter (1 page) explaining how she/he would like to conduct research on the interplay between the dynamics of human and water systems. The application must contain a CV, copies of relevant diploma, a copy of the PhD thesis, publications and other documents (e.g. list of reference persons).

Uppsala University is striving to achieve a more even gender balance why women are especially encouraged to apply for this position.

Starting date: 2018-09-01 or according to agreement, temporary position of two years.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Welcome with your application no later than the 31 May 2018, UFV-PA 2018/197. 

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