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PhD student position in Hydrogeology/Ecohydrology

PhD student position in Hydrogeology/Ecohydrology


University of Graz

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Graz, Austria


Relevant divisions
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
28 April 2019

20 March 2019

Job description

PhD student position in Hydrogeology/Ecohydrology at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Graz

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to work on the project “ClimGrassHydro – Ecohydrology of mountain grassland under global change: mechanisms and consequences”, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. ClimGrassHydro makes use of a unique experimental field facility consisting of 54 independent grassland plots to simulate the individual and combined effects of climate warming, severe drought and elevated CO2 on grassland ecohydrology ( The PhD student will be modelling the major (eco-)hydrological processes and consequences of global changes at the plot scale and the catchment scale, integrating available field measurements (including isotopic datasets) from the ClimGrassHydro experiment in state-of-the-art models.

The PhD student will be based at the Hydrogeology Research Group of the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Graz. He/she will collaborate with colleagues from the ClimGrass facility and from the University of Innsbruck as well as collaboration partners at the University of Freiburg and Basel, the University of Natural Resources (BOKU) Vienna, and the Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry Jena.

The candidate should have
(1) a Master degree in hydrology / geosciences / environmental sciences, ideally with a strong background in soil hydrology and hydrological modelling
(2) fluency in English and very good writing skills
(3) the willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team

How to apply

Applications should include
(1) a letter of motivation,
(2) a CV, and
(3) the names and email addresses of two professional references
and should be addressed to Prof. Steffen Birk (

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but submissions received by 10th April 2019 will be considered in the initial round of review.
The position is available from May 2019 and is funded for a period of three years.