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Job advertisement PhD position in advanced aquatic pollution modelling and event forecasting

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PhD position in advanced aquatic pollution modelling and event forecasting

PhD position in advanced aquatic pollution modelling and event forecasting

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Università degli Studi di Siena

Environmental Spectroscopy Group
Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy
Università degli Studi di Siena
Siena, Italy 53100


Siena, Italy


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Geomorphology (GM)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

16500 € / Year, The amount is increased by up to 50% for authorized periods of research spent abroad

Required education

Application deadline
10 August 2023

23 June 2023

Job description

The University of Siena’s Environmental Spectroscopy Group invites applications for a fully funded PhD position in the field of aquatic monitoring and modelling. This research opportunity focuses on integrating information from multiple sources; continuous sondes, low-cost sensors, and citizen science, into novel modelling and forecasting approaches, to, identify pollution sources, and propose targeted mitigation strategies.
At the Environmental Spectroscopy Group, we have a rich history of developing innovative monitoring and modelling approaches, bringing together remote sensing, citizen science participation, and in situ sondes and probes, to investigate lakes, rivers, and wetlands across the globe. Our group is actively involved in various European and international projects that examine water bodies in Italy, Europe, and support novel monitoring approaches throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.
As a PhD candidate, you will join our interdisciplinary team and contribute to the development of novel methods for integrating data from multiple sources. You will utilize advanced modeling techniques and employ machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze data and provide early warning systems for pollution events and changes in water quality. Your research activities will encompass modeling, collaboration with colleagues from agencies and ministries, dissemination of findings at international conferences, and publication of scientific articles.
By undertaking this PhD position, you will gain invaluable skills required for conducting research in international projects within interdisciplinary networks of scientists. This opportunity will equip you with the expertise to address the challenges facing freshwater ecosystems and contribute to the sustainable management of these vital natural resources
The requirements for application are

  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary science and working collaboratively
  • A Master’s in chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, environmental engineering.
  • Experience in statical analysis and modelling
  • Experience in programming and spatial analysis (GIS) is preferred

How to apply

Applications will be open from July 10 to August 10, 2023. The position will begin in October 2023

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Steven Loiselle (