PhD position in climate modeling

  • Full Time
  • Israel

The Dept. of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben Gurion
University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel, is seeking applications for
a PhD position in climate modeling at the urban and regional scale.

The research work will be embedded within a study funded by the Israel
Ministry of Science on “The Effects of Urban Microclimate Variability and
Global Climate Change on Heat-Related Cardiovascular Outcomes in the
Semi-Arid Environment of Southern Israel”. The project seeks to:

1) Develop better hybrid dynamic geo-statistical assessment methods of
air temperature and heat stress at high spatial (1km, 250m) and temporal
resolution in urban and rural settlements;

2) Characterize the effects of acute and chronic exposure to high air
temperature and heat stress on cardiovascular risk;

3) Investigate whether the health effects differ among urban
neighborhoods and between urban and rural populations (since
urban conditions such as the urban heat island (UHI) can lead
to increased heat stress).

The candidate will develop physical and statistical models of the near-
surface air temperature at different scales and will be expected to
present results at international scientific meetings and publish in the
peer-reviewed literature.

We are looking for a student with strong interest in climate, spatial
analysis or epidemiology and with solid numerical (Fortran, Python,R)
and geo-statistical skills (Qgis,ArcGIS). Applicants should have a
Master in Geography, Environmental/Climate Sciences, or similar
disciplines. Curiosity, enthusiasm, excellent writing and communication
skills in English are also essential.

The scholarship will be awarded according to Ben-Gurion University
guidelines, and will be approx. 25,000 euro/year for a period of 4 years.

Applications should be in the form of a single pdf file and include a CV,
a statement of research experience and interests (max. 2 pages),
an academic transcript of your studies, a web link to the master thesis,
and the names and addresses of at least 2 references.

Please contact:

Prof. Evyatar Erell or Prof. Itai Kloog

Evyatar Erell
Associate Professor
Geography and Environmental Development
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
phone      +972 8 659 6878
email erell@bgu.ac.il <mailto: erell@bgu.ac.il>
url <http:// www.bgu.ac.il/~erell>

Itai Kloog
Associate Professor
Geography and Environmental Development
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
phone    +972 8 6472003
email ikloog@bgu.ac.il <mailto: ikloog@bgu.ac.il>
url <http://in.bgu.ac.il/humsos/eeal/Pages/default.aspx

To apply for this job email your details to erell@bgu.ac.il