Tailored opportunities: PhD position on drought-human-environment nexus at Uppsala University, Sweden


We are recruiting a PhD candidate in Environmental Assessment at the Department of Earth Sciences, Programme for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences. The position is part of several research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Swedish Research Council for health, working life and welfare (FORTE). The goals of these projects are to improve the knowledge about drought propagation and to identify sensitive regions that suffer from the most severe drought conditions. Furthermore, the projects aim at increasing our understanding of the perception of drought events among the general public and decision makers, as well as preparedness for drought events. We would also like to provide knowledge on how risk management objectives are interlinked with objectives in other sectors in Sweden, increase our understanding of how women are affected by droughts in India and identify barriers to implementing preparedness policies/strategies


The applicant shall have a university science degree (MSc) in environmental sciences, (physical) geography, hydrology, or related areas relevant to the PhD topic. Insights into other research fields like e.g. gender studies, sociology or political science are desirable. The applicant must have basic computer skills. Good communication skills in English, both spoken and written, are required. Experience in GIS and remote sensing is an advantage. Experience in policy analysis, conducting interviews, planning/evaluating surveys and/or organizing stakeholder workshops would be an asset.


Deadline for application is 31 Oct 2019


The application should include a cover letter shortly describing your personal motivation for applying for this PhD position, relevant skills/ qualifications and research interests. The application should also include a CV, copies of relevant exams, degrees and grades, MSc thesis and other relevant documents, such as letter(s) of recommendation and contact details of two referees. We would also like to know the earliest possible date for starting. Please note that applications can only be accepted via the web interface linked below. Make online application here.

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