PhD positions

  • Full Time
  • Austria

CLIMLIST Mailing Number 18-04-14
Origin: Andrea Steiner <>
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The Doctoral Programme Climate Change and the Wegener Center
for Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz offer
two 3-year PhD positions:

Project 1:
Evolution and predictability of temperature and hydrological
extremes connected to atmospheric blocking under climate change
We are seeking a highly motivated student to work in a project on
atmospheric blocking and extremes. The successful candidate will
investigate the evolution of temperature and hydrological extremes,
and their connection to atmospheric processes based on observational
data sets, reanalyses and model simulations. The leading question is if
we can identify indicators and early warnings for extreme events to
mitigate impacts and to develop adaptation strategies. For details see

Project 2:
Attribution of temperature and hydrological extreme events
to human-induced climate change
We are seeking a highly motivated student to work in a project on
attribution of temperature and hydrological extreme events to human-
induced climate change. The successful candidate will focus on the
attribution of heat waves and drought in Europe and Africa using
observations and climate models. Given a disruption in atmospheric
circulation, such as blocking, that caused an event, how did climate
change alter its impacts? Further questions are what kind of changes
can be expected in the future. For details, see

The students will have an MSc or comparable degree in meteorology/
atmospheric sciences/climate physics or a related subject, and will be
interested on the interdisciplinary aspects of climate change. Good
programming skills in linux/unix environments are required. We
expect the candidates to be self-motivated and, in close collaboration
with the main supervisor Prof. Andrea Steiner, to develop a research
project, to publish scientific papers, and to present their work at
international conferences.

The students will join the interdisciplinary graduate school on
climate change, where some 10 faculty members and 20 PhD students
from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities work together to
improve our understanding of climate change, its impacts, and societal
transformation.  The students will furthermore join the research group
on atmospheric remote sensing and climate system at the Wegener
Center: <>. The Wegener Center and the
Doctoral Programme Climate Change are part of the newly established
Profile-shaping Area Climate Change and Sustainable Transformation.

Preferred starting date will be September 2018. Payment will be
according to a 75% position of the Austrian Research Fund
(ca. 2100 EUR/month gross salary)

Application Deadline: 18 April 2018

Please submit your application with reference number
MB/52/99 ex 2017/18 and all application documents
as a single pdf file to <>.

Application documents:
1. a motivation letter
2. indication of the PhD thesis topic (Supervisor Andrea Steiner
and showcase SC1 or SC2)
3. an abstract in English of the master thesis including a web-link
or ftp-link to an electronic copy of the thesis,
4. a Curriculum Vitae including information on previous work
experience and publications and a transcript of records,
5. evidence for knowledge in English at level C1 or higher
(e.g., suitable IELTS, TOEFL, or EFL certificate and/or brief
justification letter summarizing the experience)
6. two letters of recommendation.

Further information on the call for applications is available at

Information on the Doctoral Programme Climate Change
can be found at: