PHD POSITION Narratives of past and future drought-to-flood events

Are you a social scientist with experience in narrative methods and qualitative data analysis? Do you have an interest in environmental management and disaster risk reduction? Do you want to work in an interdisciplinary team of researchers and with stakeholders and participants in case studies in different parts of the world?

We are happy to announce that at IVM – VU Amsterdam we have a PhD vacancy related to the new EU-funded PerfectSTORM project. In the PerfectSTORM project (‘STOrylines of futuRe extreMes’), a team of scientists will study the hydrosocial processes behind drought-to-flood events to provide the understanding needed to prevent major disasters in the future. We will use a mixed-methods approach based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative storylines, using text analysis, innovative interactive visualisation and modelling.

The PhD project is supervised by Anne Van Loon, Johanna Koehler and Mel Rohse (ARU). The PhD will be based at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam and will be part of an active research group and a vibrant ECR community within the institute. They will benefit from interaction with researchers from a variety of disciplines within the PerfectSTORM project (incl. Alessia Matanó) and at IVM more widely and with stakeholders and participants in the case study regions.

Please find more information and how to apply on the VU website. The deadline is 6 April 2021. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups to increase the diversity of our team.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the exact deadline? 6 April 2021 23.59h CET
  • What documents are needed for the application? CV & motivation letter (transcripts & reference letters not needed at this stage)
  • What is the starting date for the PhD? This is flexible, but preferably before summer 2021 (June/July).
  • Who is eligible for this position? The position is open to anyone around the world.
  • Do I need to have graduated from my Master’s programme when applying? You will need to have a Master’s diploma when you start the PhD, so if you are finishing your Master’s in the coming months you are able to apply. If this is the case for you, please indicate clearly in your cover letter when you are expecting to graduate.
  • Will the recruitment process be online? Yes, unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, the entire process will be online
  • What training program is available to support the PhD? They will be part of the SENSE PhD program, which is an interdisciplinary cross-university program for PhDs. SENSE has a program for doctoral training, including some general introduction and skills courses and a range on subject-specific courses a PhD candidate can choose from.
  • Will the PhD be involved in teaching? Yes, Dutch PhDs are expected and encouraged to teach for about 10% of their time. This can be in the form of supervising BSc & MSc students, supporting computer / field practicals or giving lectures.