Five funded PhD positions in different fields of meteorology

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Closing date: 20 April 2021

Five funded PhD positions with 4 years contract are opening at the Department of Atmospheric Physics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic aiming at:

  • Long-term trends of anthropogenic and natural origin in the stratosphere and upper atmosphere
  • Localized gravity wave forcing in the middle atmosphere, its formation, impact, and long-term evolution
  • Hydrological extremes in the landscape as a response to climate change in the near future
  • Wind-tunnel modeling of the atmospheric boundary layer
  • The role of coherent structures’ dynamics on the passive scalar transport in the surface layer

Ph.D. candidates will be fully funded, partly from the mentioned project and partly as a regular monthly sholarship with about 1000-1500 EUR/month total income (+ the sholarship 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. 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 community
  • A creative mind-set for scientific research

In case of interest, please send your application by 20 April 2021 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:

  • 20 April 2021 – deadline for the submission of the applications for co-funded Ph.D. positions and the announcement of successful applications
  • 30 April 2021 – deadline for the submission of the applications for the Ph.D. studies
  • June-July 2021 – entrance examination
  • 1 October, 2021 – beginning of the doctoral studies and expected beginning of the research project. The start of the employment is guaranteed, in this case, for EU candidates only. For non-EU candidates, it is necessary to arrange a proper visa, which may take up to several months depending on the country of candidate’s origin.

The university 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 as the 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).


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