PhD scholarships in Extreme Climate Events and their Consequences

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The Division for Sustainability, Society & Economics at DTU Management offers two PhD scholarships in the Climate Economics and Risk Management section. We are looking for two excellent and highly motivated PhD candidates with an interest in doing cutting-edge research in climatic extremes, multi-hazards and compound events in the context of climate change impact and risk assessment.

The PhD scholarships are linked to several international research actions funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Framework and to the “Climate Atlas” (“Klimaatlas”) provided by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and will offer great opportunities for establishing your career as a researcher.

As highlighted by the IPCC, there is an urgent need for adaptation to the consequences of climate change. This particularly pertains to the impact of extremes such as storms, storm surges, riverine floods, cloudbursts, droughts, and wildfires. Meanwhile, there is also increasing evidence that the additional stress created by the interactions between physical and socio-economic processes, jointly referred to as compound and cascading events, may challenge communities in ways potentially exceeding the simple sum of the individual processes.

You will join an extended interdisciplinary team of national and international colleagues spanning the full “knowledge chain” from climate hazards through impact and risk assessment to economics and adaptation to carry out ambitious research related to one of these topics: (1) compound/cascading events in a changing climate; (2) improved interoperability of data and models for assessing the multi-risks and consequences of extreme events on relevant spatial and temporal scales. Kindly state any personal preferences (if any) with respect to the two topics in your cover letter.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The two PhD scholarships will be interrelated but have different main foci.

PhD candidate #1 will focus on the risks from certain types of meteorologically-driven compound/ cascading events now and in the future. The work will overlap several running projects but particularly be linked to DMI’s Climate Atlas, which provides state of the art projections of the regional and local climate of Denmark down to the level of local authorities, where it is used as a central tool in, among other, climate adaptation planning. It is envisaged that the outcomes of this research will feed into the Climate Atlas and help facilitate future climate information in high geographical detail to guide the planning of Danish authorities. The PhD candidate will be employed at DTU Management, but will appropriately share physical presence between DMI’s research department, where the candidate will be a full member, and DTU.

PhD candidate #2 will mainly be carried out in the context of an upcoming EU research action aimed at developing and demonstrating interoperable data, models, communication and governance for enhanced disaster resilience and disaster risk management. The PhD project will be carried out in an interdisciplinary group comprised by researchers, stakeholders and industrial partners, where nearby and international colleagues will provide key contributions. The main responsibilities will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant and may entail extensive analyses of climate and socio-economic data using advanced statistical and machine learning methods, multi-hazard climate projections, development of numerical methods and tools, GIS and data mining.

The ideal candidate(s) should have:

  • A two-year master's degree or an equivalent academic degree
  • Relevant knowledge and experience from the geosciences, geography, mathematics, statistics, data science, or similar qualifications
  • Good programming capabilities in any scientific language (e.g., C++, C#, Python, R, MATLAB, Fortran, etc.)
  • Experience with GIS
  • Good communication skills
  • A willingness and desire to ambitiously engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and master new scientific disciplines

Documented experience within the abovementioned topics is not required but is an advantage. For PhD #1, it will also be of benefit if you are familiar with Linux operating systems.

You must have, or be about to receive, a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the Ph.D. study programme, please see DTU's rules for the Ph.D. education.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is three years. The successful candidate(s) are expected to start in the autumn of 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The position is a full-time position.

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Further information
Further information about these positions may be obtained from Senior Researcher Martin Drews (, Senior Researcher Morten Andreas Dahl Larsen ( and Head of Section Professor Ugur Soytas (

You can read more about the research carried out in the Section for Climate Economics and Risk Management at /

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae (and list of publications if applicable)
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • Names and contact information on three personal references.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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