A PhD position in climate and health modelling

The research group of „Hydrological and climate variability“ at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES), the Czech University of Life Science in Prague, announces an opening for a PhD position in modelling of relationships between climate and human health. The PhD position is embedded in the REES project – Research Excellence in Environmental Sciences - led by Dr. Aleš Urban (researcher ID: H-6476-2014). The aim of the REES project is to investigate the impacts of climate variability and change on human health.

The title of the PhD project is: Modelling of relationships between climate variability and seasonal patterns in mortality

The aim of the PhD project will be to clarify associations between climate variability ??and seasonal patterns of mortality and morbidity in the Czech Republic using modern methods of time series analysis. Special focus will be given on the analysis of seasonal patterns of the incidence of infectious diseases, how these patterns are associated with climate variability, and how they affect the general seasonal patterns in mortality and morbidity.

The candidate should have a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Modelling, Environmental Epidemiology, Climate Science, or related field. We expect the candidate will be self-motivated and interested in the research topic. Good knowledge in statistics, scientific programming and data analysis, and experience in working with tools for the analysis and visualisation of time series data (e.g. R/RStudio, Matlab, or similar) are expected. Additional skills are expected to be gained and improved during the PhD project. The successful candidate will participate in the REES project, will contribute to preparation and submission of research grants, and is expected to participate on these grants in case of successful submission.

For further information please contact Dr. Aleš Urban (urbana@fzp.czu.cz).

The position is limited to 3 years. In case of good results, a follow up postdoc researcher position may be possible.
The candidate will receive a monthly net scholarship 350-500 EUR (based on performance), additional salary from the REES project, up to 410 EUR and publication rewards.

The place of employment will be Prague. The targeted starting date is 1st
October 2021 but earlier start of the collaboration (e.g. on online basis) is beneficial. Most of the foreign PhD candidates get place at on campus dormitories.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, the Czech University of Life Sciences, the candidate is expected to publish results in international peer-reviewed journals, to participate at international conferences, etc.

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