PhD position in Health Impacts of Flooding (f_m_x)

bei GFZ Potsdam
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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is seeking a PhD Researcher for the BMBF funded junior research group HI-CliF. The successful candidate will work on understanding and modelling physical and mental health impacts of flooding in Germany and Vietnam. The PhD researcher will be responsible for collecting and analyzing health data related to flooding, developing and applying health impact models related to floods, and participating in organizing international stakeholder meetings, workshops/summer schools, and preparation of project reports. The ideal candidate should have prior knowledge in probability and statistics and statistical programming, ability to work independently and with an interdisciplinary team, and good writing and presentation skills. The position is fixed-term for 3 years, part-time 75%, and the start date is 1st August 2023. The salary is classed as salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)." The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.


  • Organise surveys for data collection on the topic flood and health, including development of survey design, questionnaire formulation organizing field work campaigns in Germany and Vietnam
  • Analyse survey data using Statistical methods including Machine Learning and Bayesian Statistics
  • Develop and apply health impact models related to floods including writing well-documented, reusable code (Python or R)
  • Actively participate in organizing international Stakeholder meetings, workshops/summer schools, preparation of project reports
  • Present, publish and communicate research results at scientific meetings and in scholarly journals (including systematic reviews, meta-analysis)
  • Undertake a PhD study (e.g., in the Ph.D. Program - Medical Research in Epidemiology & Public Health, at LMU Munich)


  • Demonstrated prior knowledge in probability and statistics and statistical programming (R or Python) either in the form of coursework or projects/thesis
  • Ability to work independently and with an interdisciplinary team; interpersonal skills to engage with international stakeholders
  • Good writing and presentation skills - experience in contributing to the writing of peer-reviewed research articles is an advantage
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English; German language command is helpful but not mandatory


  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter- and transdisciplinary research environment across the fields of flood risk, climate adaptation and public health
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
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