PhD position at ENIT (Tarbes) and IMFT (Toulouse): Impact model for the evaluation of the flooding risk.

Context and objectives:

The term “flash flood” refers to sudden floods having high peak discharges in a short response time. They result from a combination of meteorological and hydrological factors. Intense storm events delivering high amounts of rain water appear to be the first condition for flash flooding to be initiated. Watershed characteristics such as small catchments (under 500 km2 ) or steep slopes are associated with short and rapid flood timing. Flash floods are one of the most destructive hazards in the Mediterranean region and have caused casualties and billions of euros of damages in France over the last two decades. The recent case of June 2013 occurred in the Pyrenees killed 2 people and resulted in thousands of victims. The damages were estimated at about 134 million euros. The contrasted topography, the complexity of the continental surfaces in terms of geology and land use, the difficulty to characterize the initial moisture state of the catchments make these extreme events very difficult to assess and predict. The proposed PhD will aim at improving the understanding of the hydrological response by contemporary use of empirical and analytical (or rainfall-runoff) modelling. The ambition is to develop an operational methodology for the anticipation of the risk of inundation. The work will include an inter-comparison of models dedicated to flash flood prediction and allowing the characterization of the resulting risk. The proposed work will therefore contribute to the building of a relevant methodology of risk evaluation for a better protection of the population. The long-standing collaboration between the IMFT and the SCHAPI2 will facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the appropriate operational services. 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

Henkel/IMB-CNM Programme 2013 Post-Doc Position (Ref.: HIC1307)

Requirements: PhD Degree in Physics, Electronic or Industrial Engineering or Material Science. Good level of English.
Research topics: Innovative early-phase or advanced research projects related to Henkel’s adhesives products.
Where: at IMB-CNM(CSIC) working in the Henkel-IMB joint programme addressed to materials, equipment and processes around printed technologies for the display market.
When: Start in October 2013
Duration: 12 months with the option of extension (+ 12 months)
How to apply: Interested candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae in English, motivation letter (please, in addition to normal motivation letter, indicate the position reference [Ref.: HIC1307] and from where did you get this add) and a list of at least 3 references to
Closing date for application: 1st September 2013

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PhD: Assimilation of airborne cloud radar data during the HyMeX special observing period

We are seeking applications for a 3-year PhD position to work on the assimilation of airborne cloud radar data in the framework of the HyMeX programme (see announcement below). Please feel free to forward this announcement to potential candidates.

PhD title: Assimilation of airborne cloud radar data during the HyMeX special observing period.

PhD supervisors: Dr. Olivier Caumont, Dr. Véronique Ducrocq

 Place: CNRM-GAME, Météo-France & CNRS, 42, Avenue G. Coriolis 31057 Toulouse Cedex, France

Deadline for application: 7 February 2013
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Lectura de Tesis Doctoral de Marco Turco (membre del grup GAMA i del CMCC)

Aquest 25 de juliol a les 11 del matí, Marco Turco investigador del grup GAMA i del CMCC llegirà la Tesis Doctoral que ha estat dirigida per la Dra. María Carme Llasat.