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[Met-jobs] Vacancy Postdoc Position in Climate Risk Modeling and Impact Assessment, 80 – 100%, ETH and U Bern, Switzerland

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In the context of the H2020 project RECEIPT, we aim to stress-test public and private financial sectors for hazards that give rise to shocks in insured and uninsured capital and assets, public investments to alleviate damage caused by hurricanes or floods, and associated risks in overseas territories and globally. Particular attention is paid to multiple event scenarios, such as sequences of high impact American or Asian tropical cyclones, in short episodes of time. Potential resilience measures to reduce effects of hazards and slow climate change on financial risk are explored. 

The PostDoc will develop storylines for individual tropical cyclones and temporal clustering of tropical cyclones and floods in the Caribbean, using the open-source and -access global probabilistic risk modelling platform CLIMADA (<>). These direct and indirect damage assessments will need to be validated by comparison with past events and other sources of information. One focus will be on testing public insurance systems, such as the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), for which the EU has been a major sponsor. The CATSIM model of IIASA (a project partner), will form the basis for public finance scenario stress testing and assessment of financial risk management options. The financial implications of such a disasters could also affect European investors and business sectors that have a significant exposure to foreign risk – issues that will be explored with colleagues from CICERO.

 To apply you should have either a PhD in physical geography, climate science, meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, insurance and environmental economics or applied statistics or some combination thereof.  The project framework requires very solid programming skills ideally in Python, best with experience with object-oriented design. While this position is open to candidates with an interest in an academic, public (finance), or private sector career, the primary goal is to produce research that will result in academic publications.   

The first contract will be for two years, with an additional year’s extension conditional on performance. 

The preferred starting date is 1 September 2019, where the first year will be spent at the University of Bern, and the second year in the Weather and Climate Risk Group at ETH Zurich Switzerland (see links below).

To apply please send electronically a motivation letter, a short statement on your relevant experience and research interests, a CV, a list of publications, a weblink to your PhD thesis, as well as the names and contact information of at least two referees, to Prof. Olivia Romppainen-Martius ( 

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, but preference is given to applications received before 1 July 2019. On-site interviews in Bern are planned for 7/8 August 2019.

For further information please contact:

University of Bern Climate Imapcts Group:
University of Bern Climate and Environmental Economics Group:
ETH Zurich Weather and Climate Risk Group:

Prof. Dr. Olivia Romppainen-Martius
Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research
Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks
Institute of Geography
Hallerstrasse 12
3012 Bern

Tel: +41 31 631 33 37

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