2 PhD positions in the field of stratospheric trends & localised GW forcing

Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Closing date: 4 December 2020

Two funded PhD positions with 3 years contract are opening at the Department of Atmospheric Physics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic aiming at a) long-term trends of anthropogenic and natural origin in the stratosphere and upper atmosphere and b) localized gravity wave forcing in the middle atmosphere, its formation, impact, and long-term evolution. Ph.D. candidates will be fully funded, partly from the mentioned project and partly as a regular monthly stipendium with about 1500 EUR/month total income (+ the stipendium is gradually increased during the study). For more details, please see https://kfa.mff.cuni.cz/phd.projects and https://kfa.mff.cuni.cz/phd.

COVID-19 situation in CR
The current situation is serious with high number of positive cases detected every day. Czech universities are mostly closed for master and bachelor students but research/academic staff and doctoral students continue to go to work. Regardless the situation, the research projects are expected to start in January 2021. Charles University allows a distance enrolment in case a candidate could not come before official deadline due to epidemic situation so that it would be possible to start with the studies remotely in case the epidemic situation does not improve. Official information from the Ministry of Health can be found here https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/.

General Requirements:

  • Master-of-Science-equivalent degree in meteorology and/or environmental physics with fulfilled courses related to the research projects
  • The candidate should have good experience in Unix / Linux working environments and programming skills in Python and/or other programming language
  • Strong communication in English language (spoken and written)
  • Willingness to interact with an interdisciplinary science communit
  • A creative mind-set for scientific research

The positions are available to candidates from around the world but the university strongly encourages potential candidates mainly from EU because current epidemic situation brings even more complications in long distance travelling and Visa arrangement. The university also encourages potential candidates from Visegrad countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) and also from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine because candidates from those countries may also apply for additional support up to 2,500 EUR /semester for the first year from the Visegrad Scholarship Program (for details see https://www.visegradfund.org/apply/mobilities/visegrad-scholarship).

In case of interest, please send your application by 4 December 2020 to kfa@mff.cuni.cz and include:

  • Academic CV and a pdf of your diplomas including (link to the) the diploma thesis
  • List of course topics related to meteorology, air quality, climate modelling or atmospheric physics
  • Specification of programming and language skills
  • List of publications (if any)
  • List of research projects (if any)
  • Statement of research interests and career goals, indicating why you are interested in the position
  • List of two references

Expected timetable:

  • December 10, 2020 – announcement of successful applications
  • December 31, 2020 – deadline for the for the submission of the applications for the Ph.D. studies
  • January 1, 2021 – expected beginning of the research project. Start of the employment is guaranteed in this case for EU candidates only. For non-EU candidates, it is necessary to arrange proper visa, which may take up to several months depending on the country of candidate’s origin.
  • March 1, 2021 – beginning of the doctoral studies


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