Postdoctoral Positions in Water Research – Karlsruher Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral researchers who complement and strengthen the expertise of KIT in one of the following fields of water research:

– Aquatic Microbiology (in technical and/or natural systems)
– Alpine Water Research (i.e. ”snow hydrology“ or “water and energy balance in Alpine regions“)
– Eco-hydrology (i.e. ”interaction between abiotic and biotic factors in mass transport and degradation“ or ”ground water dependent ecosystems“)
– Atmospheric Water Cycle in the Mediterranean Region (i.e. ”natural and anthropogenic variability of the water cycle in the Mediterranean region“) Leer más de esta entrada

PhD Fellowship available for research on integrated water resources data in supporting decisions

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is searching for an excellent candidate for a 4-year PhD position focusing on ‘Value of comprehensive datasets and information in constraining uncertainties in support of decision making’. This PhD research will be conducted in the framework of a Seventh Framework EU research project which is due to start in January 2014.


This project, “Global Earth Observation for integrated water resource assessment”, or Eath2Observe in short has the objective to integrate global Earth Observations (EO), in-situ datasets and models to develop a comprehensive global water resources re-analysis dataset. Within the project a team of some 29 leading universities and research institutes from across Europe as well as internationally will work on testing new EO data sources, extending existing processing algorithms and combining data from multiple satellite missions in order to improve the overall resolution and reliability of EO data. These data will be combined with terrestrial and model data to establish a global water resources re-analysis dataset, which will be disseminated through an open data Water Cycle Integrator portal and contribute to the GEOSS platform. Leer más de esta entrada

HyMeX, a 10-year multidisciplinary program on the Mediterranean water cycle


P. Drobinski, V. Ducrocq, P. Alpert, E. Anagnostou, K. Béranger, M. Borga, I. Braud, A.Chanzy, S. Davolio, G. Delrieu, C. Estournel, N. Filali Boubrahmi, J. Font, V. Grubisic, S. Gualdi, V. Homar, B. Ivancan- Picek, C. Kottmeier, V. Kotroni, K. Lagouvardos, P. Lionello, M.C. Llasat, W. Ludwig,  C. Lutoff, A. Mariotti, E. Richard, R. Romero, R. Rotunno, O. Roussot, I. Ruin, S. Somot, I. Taupier-Letage, J. Tintore, R.Uijlenhoet, H. Wernli


The Mediterranean countries are experiencing important challenges related to the water cycle including water shortages and floods, extreme winds and ice/snow storms that impact critically the socioeconomic vitality in the area (causing damage to property; threatening lives; affecting the energy and transportation sectors, etc.). There are gaps in our understanding of the Mediterranean water cycle and its dynamics, which include the variability of the Mediterranean Sea water budget and its feedback on the variability of the continental precipitation through air/sea interactions, the impact of precipitation variability on aquifer recharge, river discharge, soil water content and vegetation characteristics specific of the Mediterranean basin and the mechanisms that control the location and intensity of heavy precipitating systems which often produce floods. The HyMeX (Hydrological cycle in the Mediterranean Experiment) programme is a 10-year concerted experimental effort at the international level aiming at advancing the scientific knowledge of the water cycle variability in all compartments (land, sea and atmosphere) and at various time and spatial scales. It also aims at improving the processes-based models needed for forecasting hydro-meteorological extremes and the models of the regional climate system for predicting regional climate variability and evolution. It finally aims at assessing the social and economic vulnerability to hydrometeorological natural hazards in the Mediterranean and the adaptation capacity of the territories and populations therein to provide support to policy makers to cope with water related problems under the influence of climate change, by linking scientific outcomes with related policy requirements. Leer más de esta entrada