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[Met-jobs] PhD Position (1) at the University of Bern (Switzerland)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:08:41 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

PhD Position in ‘Analysing losses and risk hotspots based on insurance data’

The open position is part of the Mobiliar Lab for Climate Impact
Research and Natural Hazards. The goal of the Mobilar Lab is to study
and to quantify the spatio-temporal characteristics of climate risks and
natural hazards and their impacts upon the Swiss society. The focus is
on applied research and practical applications. The Mobiliar Lab is part
of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of

We have an opening for a 3 year PhD position starting 1 January 2014.

Losses induced by floods, storms and hail increased in the last decades
and are recorded in the database of insurances companies. The PhD
project will focus on (i) consolidating different geo-databases in GIS,
(ii) spatial and statistical analysis of natural hazard processes and
loss data in order to (iii) develop an approach for modelling risk
hotspots. The PhD project will be supervised by PD Dr. Margreth Keiler
(Institute of Geography, University of Bern) and will enrol in an
interdisciplinary research environment.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Masters degree in
the fields of geography, hydrology, geo-informatics, geosciences,
environmental sciences or similar, with enthusiasm for research
questions in the field of risk research, with good skills in GIS and an
interest in working with large data sets, the willingness to work in a
trans- disciplinary research environment and to develop creative
strategies, with an interest in applied research, with a good knowledge
of German and English.

The PhD project is part of the Graduate School of Climate Sciences at
the Oeschger Centre of the University
<>. The graduate school offers a
broad range of educational and training opportunities (Summer School,
Young Researchers Meetings) and a unique interdisciplinary network in
the field of climate sciences at the University of Bern. The close
collaboration with the Swiss Mobiliar Insurance company offers the
possibility to transfer the research results into practice.

The gross salary is fixed according to Swiss National Science Foundation

For informal inquiries about the PhD position and questions regarding
the Mobiliar Lab, the Oeschger Centre and the University of Bern please
contact Margreth Keiler (<>

Please send your application documents (diploma and transcript, CV,
letter of motivation and the names and addresses of two references) in
ONE pdf file to <>
<>. Review of applications will
start on 1 October 2013 and will be continued until the position is filled.

Applications from qualified women are warmly encouraged.

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