PhD scholarships in Extreme Climate Events and their Consequences – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet – Lyngby

The Division for Sustainability, Society & Economics at DTU Management offers two PhD scholarships in the Climate Economics and Risk Management section. We are looking for two excellent and highly motivated PhD candidates with an interest in doing cutting-edge research in climatic extremes, multi-hazards and compound events in the context of climate change impact and risk assessment.The PhD scholarships are linked to several international research actions funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Framework and to the “Climate Atlas” (“Klimaatlas”) provided by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and will offer great opportunities for establishing your career as a researcher. As highlighted by the IPCC, there is an urgent need for adaptation to the consequences of climate change. This particularly pertains to the impact of extremes such as storms, storm surges, riverine floods, cloudbursts, droughts, and wildfires. Meanwhile, there is also increasing evidence that the additional stress created by the interactions between physical and socio-economic processes, jointly referred to as compound and cascading events, may challenge communities in ways potentially exceeding the simple sum of the individual processes. You will join an extended interdisciplinary team of national and international colleagues spanning the full “knowledge chain” from climate hazards through impact and risk assessment to economics and adaptation to carry out ambitious research related to one of these topics: (1) compound/cascading events in a changing climate; (2) improved interoperability of data and models for assessing the multi-risks and consequences of extreme events on relevant spatial and temporal scales. Kindly state any personal preferences (if any) with respect to the two topics in your cover letter. Responsibilities and qualificationsThe two PhD scholarships will be interrelated but have different main foci. PhD candidate #1 will focus on the risks from certain types of meteorologically-driven compound/ cascading events now and in the future. The work will overlap several running projects but particularly be linked to DMI’s Climate Atlas, which provides state of the art projections of the regional and local climate of Denmark down to the level of local authorities, where it is used as a central tool in, among other, climate adaptation planning. It is envisaged that the outcomes of this research will feed into the Climate Atlas and help facilitate future climate information in high geographical detail to guide the planning of Danish authorities. The PhD candidate will be employed at DTU Management, but will appropriately share physical presence between DMI’s research department, where the candidate will be a full member, and DTU. PhD candidate #2 will mainly be carried out in the context of an upcoming EU research action aimed at developing and demonstrating interoperable data, models, communication and governance for enhanced disaster resilience and disaster risk management. The PhD project will be carried out in an interdisciplinary group comprised by researchers, stakeholders and industrial partners, where nearby and international colleagues will provide key contributions. The main responsibilities will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant and may entail extensive analyses of climate and socio-economic data using advanced statistical and machine learning methods, multi-hazard climate projections, development of numerical methods and tools, GIS and data mining. The ideal candidate(s) should have: A two-year master’s degree or an equivalent academic degree Relevant knowledge and experience from the geosciences, geography, mathematics, statistics, data science, or similar qualifications Good programming capabilities in any scientific language (e.g., C++, C#, Python, R, MATLAB, Fortran, etc.) Experience with GIS Good communication skills A willingness and desire to ambitiously engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and master new scientific disciplines Documented experience within the abovementioned topics is not required but is an advantage. For PhD #1, it will also be of benefit if you are familiar with Linux operating systems. You must have, or be about to receive, a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

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