PhD position in the field of urban water quality and modelling

Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

The PhD will be working in a research project funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund and conducted within the “Interuniversity Cooperation Centre Water & Health” (www.waterandhealth.at). This project is envisaged to start on January 1st 2018 and will extend over a maximum duration of 4 years.

The project involves an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating the potential sources and flow paths of waterborne pathogens and the associated health impact of using urban surface waters for recreation and drinking water production (riverbank filtration). The Phd will focus on the conceptualization and modelling of flow and transport processes in an urban environment and on integrating them with quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA). The model will be used to assess the risk of acquiring fecal pathogen infections for highly socially relevant future scenarios like climate change, changes in management strategies, migration and urbanization.

As the PhD will include field work and model development, experiences in both fields are advantageous. Candidates should hold a Master (or similar) degree in Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or related disciplines, with an excellent speaking and writing knowledge in English. The ideal candidate is willing to and can work in an interdisciplinary and international team, possesses a good knowledge of hydrological processes and mathematics and has at least basic skills in programming (Python, Mathematica).

Candidates should send a letter of application, a statement of research interests, a Curriculum Vitae, and copies of education certificates including transcripts of grades as a single .pdf file to: derx@hydro.tuwien.ac.at.

Application deadline is December 1, 2017.