PhD position, European droughts - Prague, Czech Republic

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) in Prague, Czech Republic, currently seeks a PhD candidate to work on the three-year research project "XEROS: eXtreme EuRopean drOughtS: multimodel synthesis of past, present and future events".


A three-year bilateral research grant from the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) and German Research Foundation (DFG) was awarded to the research team in collaboration with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ. The research project aims to extend previous work and study the genesis, propagation and recovery of European droughts.

To this end a high-resolution, gridded reconstruction of the droughts that occurred since 1500 CE in the European domain will be created by state-of-the-art hydrological models. The project objectives are separated into three explicit parts, moving from past to future. The first step involves the simulation experiment and the development of the reconstruction (past), the second its analysis to address currently open research questions (present) and the third the utilization of the analysis results to hydrologic and climatic applications (future).

The results of such analysis will provide answers to questions like: What is the extremity of the recent European drought events compared to the 500-year benchmark period? How does the space-time variability of drought evolution change over time? How do the large-scale atmospheric characteristics, responsible to generate land-surface droughts, co-evolve? How can we enhance the reliability of future hydro-climatic projections?

By looking into the extreme drought events of the past we aim to understand the extreme dry conditions that certain regions of Europe face in the present and tackle the challenges of the future.


High-profile international candidates from engineering, geosciences or computer science, wishing to achieve a further step in their career in the dynamic research environment of CULS, are welcome to apply.

Candidates with previous experience in data analysis of big data sets and a solid background in basic science will be considered with particular attention.


The PhD study starts in September 2019 and within the four-year study period, PhD students will be rewarded with 20,000-25,000 CZK/month net (785-980 EUR) + bonuses.


Interested candidates should send a CV and a single-page statement of research interests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 February.

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