PhD position in Physical Geography

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The Physical Geography and Environmental Change Research Group at the University of Basel explores landscape and environmental dynamics across resource-scarce areas in drylands and mountains. The Research Group is seeking a doctoral student to investigate the physical boundaries of dust emissions from croplands in South Africa. The post is a full time PhD position funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

Starting date: 01.09.2017
Length of the PhD position: 3 years
Required qualifications and competencies:

  • Master degree in Geography, Agricultural Science, Environmental Science or equivalent
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of German is an advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in an international and culturally diverse research environment
  • Ability to work independently and think across scales and themes
  • Statistics and quantitative analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational skills for planning tasks, logistics and deliverables


  • Conducting fieldwork in South Africa with a wind and rainfall simulator for data collection and related data processing
  • Establishing contacts with farmers to install the unit on their land and interviewing them on their management practices
  • Assessing and modelling physical boundaries of dust emissions based on environmental parameters
  • Contributing to the Research Group’s international visibility through scientific publications in prominent journals and presentations in international fora
  • Contributing to the Research Group’s strategy for research grant acquisition

We offer:

  • A vibrant and international scientific environment with diverse research interests spanning soil and agriculture, climate change and global governance
  • A fully funded doctoral programme based on SNF conditions
  • A range of courses taught at the Universities of Basel and Cape Town pertaining the position research scope
  • Scientific collaboration with South African researchers
  • Travels to South Africa


Candidates are requested to submit their applications electronically in a single pdf file to Dr. Henri Rueff in the following order: cover letter, CV, contact details of three referees, a transcript of their Master’s grades, and a copy of their Master’s thesis (if at the time of applying the thesis is not finalized, candidates may explain the level of advancement of their work and expected completion date of their degree).
Deadline for applications: 31.03.2017

For further information contact Dr Henri Rueff
Physical Geography and Environmental Change
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Basel
Klingelbergstr. 27
4056 Basel
Phone: +41 (0)61 207 07 44