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[Met-jobs] PhD Position -"Flood & drought frequency analysis within a non-stationary framework" at the Inst. of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:04:49 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...


The Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of
Hydrology and Hydrodynamics, Warsaw, Poland seeks highly motivated
candidate for a:

PhD position‘Flood and drought frequency analysis within a
non-stationary framework’

Duration 3 years, start date: 1.12.2013

Reference WP3

The Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences (IGF PAS) is a
multidisciplinary organization engaged in advanced research, teaching
and service provision in cutting-edge geophysical sciences and is one of
the largest research centres in Poland working towards understanding and
monitoring the environment. In all classifications IGF PAS has been
ranked within top 3 Polish institutions dealing with Earth Sciences. The
main areas of expertise of IGF PAS are: seismology, geomagnetism, Earth
s interior dynamics, physics of the atmosphere, hydrology and polar
research. The Hydrology and Hydrodynamics department focuses on the
transport and mixing of contaminants in surface waters, flood wave
transformation and flood risk, water resources management, assessment of
the impact of climate change from theoretical and experimental
perspectives. For more information visit: <www.igf.edu>

The successful applicantwill work with a team of researchers based in
Poland and in Norway to advance our current understanding of likely
changes in hydrological extremes under a future climate.

The focus of the position will be on the use ofsimulated data derived
from a series of linked climate and hydrological models and analyses.
This will include: (i) trends in quantiles: the estimation of upper
quantiles by means of selecting probability distribution functions and
fitting them to seasonal, annual or partial duration series;
(ii) development and application of non-stationary methods of frequency
analysis suitable for both high and low flow events; (iii) development
and application of the duration flow frequency (DqF) to the observed and
projected high and low flow event series; (iv) application of copula
based approach to the modelling of observed and simulated high and low
flow events and testing its conditions of applicability in climate
change modelling.

We seek a candidatewith an MSc degree in Environmental Sciences or
Engineering, Geography, Hydrology, Applied Mathematics, Physics or
Computer Science. Applicants with a methodological background should
have experience in environmental applications, and vice versa.
Experience in uncertainty analysis, programming (e.g. FORTRAN and/or R
or MATLAB) are desirable. A good level of both written and spoken
English, together with good communication skills are mandatory.

We offera position in an international and interdisciplinary team. The
PhD is funded by a Polish-Norwegian Research Program, within the
Polish-Norwegian project “Climate Change Impact on Hydrological
Extremes (CHIHE)”. The project is run in cooperation with the Hydrology
Department of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate
(NVE), which has substantial experience and activity in the areas of
hydrological modelling and statistical analysis and in climate change
impact research. We specifically encourage qualified female researchers
to apply. The successful candidate will develop skills in applied
multivariate statistical analysis of extreme hydrological events.
Results of this work will constitute the basis of the candidate’s PhD
thesis.

Applications including the reference (WP3), cover letter, full CV,
certificates and contact details of two referees shall be sent in a
single PDF file to chihe@igf.edu.pl <mailto:chihe@igf.edu.pl>by
30.10.2013. For further information contact Dr hab. Krzysztof Kochanek
(kochanek@igf.edu.pl <mailto:kochanek@igf.edu.pl>).



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