Tailored opportunities: PhD student positions in the interdisciplinary field of “Climate Change – Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies”-Austria


The Doktoratskolleg Climate Change (DK, mainly funded by the Austrian Science Foundation) is an interdisciplinary PhD programme and provides independent and cooperative research in the field of physical climate science, meteorology and hydrology, system sciences, sustainability sciences, theories of justice, ethics, environmental law and economics of climate change. The thesis work has to be done on one of the research topics which contribute to answering the general research questions of the DK
Climate Change: What are scientifically sound, efficient and ethically defensible strategies for a transition towards a low-carbon and climate-robust economy and society and how can the necessary qualitative transformation be politically and legally implemented and legitimated? How should we deal with uncertainties and risks related to hydro-meteorological changes, in particular extreme events, and their associated consequences?

More information on the DK faculty members and PhD thesis topics is available at https://dk-climatechange.uni-graz.at/en/. The stimulating diversity of research areas covered by the faculty of the DK provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment where students of different disciplines may find exciting research topics and excellent guidance for their doctoral studies. The DK offers interdisciplinary seminars and  colloquia, summer schools and workshops, as well as disciplinary training in the respective fields. The PhD programme aims at training a selected group of outstanding PhD students for a professional career in universities, public and private research organizations, international institutions, consultancy and business, and the government.
The DK is offering twenty fully-funded PhD student positions, with contracts starting in autumn 2018 for three years (extendable by half a year in exceptional cases). The positions come with social insurance. In addition the DK provides funds for conference participation, visits, and research stays abroad.


The applicants should fulfil the following

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline of the above mentioned fields of research
  • Knowledge in English at level C1
  • For eventual requirements for skills in German at level C1, candidates will be contacted before the interviews, as these depend on which disciplinary doctoral study programme the PhD candidate would be located in, complementary to the interdisciplinary DK.


Application Deadline: April 18th 2018


The applications have to contain the following documents in one pdf:

  1. a motivation letter
  2. indication of your first and second preference in PhD thesis topics and/or supervisors (see https://dkclimate-change.uni-graz.at/en/thesis-topics/call-for-applications-2018/ for an overview),
  3. an abstract in English of the master thesis including a web-link or ftp-link to an electronic copy of the thesis,
  4. a Curriculum Vitae including information on previous work experience and publications and a transcript of records,
  5. evidence for knowledge in English at level C1 or higher (e.g., suitable IELTS, TOEFL, or EFL certificate and/or brief justification letter summarizing the experience)
  6.  two letters of recommendation.


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