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PhD Studentship: Climate change impacts on the water sector in the SADC region

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Research undertaken by the candidate will be to collate research regarding climate change impacts on the water sector in the SADC region, identifying critical research gaps. Improve the representation of

downscaled rainfall and rainfall variability when using in hydrological model studies, and to improve evapotranspiration representation. Work with climate modellers to improve GCM downscaling for hydrological impact studies (e.g. rainfall in mountainous areas). To undertake hydrological impacts modelling using downscaled projections of future climate.

This is a full‐time PhD position based at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu‐Natal.

Eligibility: The successful candidate should be driven, disciplined, able to work as a member of a team, and be able to set and meet own deadlines. The candidate is expected to have a MSc degree in hydrology, environmental science, climatology or a related discipline and have attended a course or workshop (undergraduate; postgraduate or private) on global environmental change. Knowledge of hydrological modelling (or a modelling background) is desired. Proficiency in English, both verbal and written, is required and experience in geographical information systems (GIS). Candidate needs to be a citizen of an African country, and SADC students will be given preference. No candidates over the age of 40 will be considered.

Scholarship package: R 120 000 per year for three years. This is a full‐time PhD based at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu‐Natal (www.ukzn.ac.za; http://beeh.ukzn.ac.za/EnvironmentalHydrology/EnvironmentalHydrologyasaCareer.aspx ). Candidate will be expected to cover all living expenses including travel to and from the University out of this stipend.

All project running costs will be covered through the project budget. Candidate will be expected to find private accommodation, and make own arrangements for medical insurance and study permits if they are an international student.

How to Apply: Email your CV (with at least three traceable references), academic record and a sample of your writing in the form of a recent publication or chapter from MSc thesis.


University of KwaZulu‐Natal


South Africa

Application Deadline

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

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