PhD, extreme weather, climate and water events - Toruń, Poland

A PhD position in extreme weather, climate and water events in Poland from the 11th to 18th centuries is available at the Nicolaus Copernicus University's Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management and Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR) in Toruń, Poland.


The position is open to applicants from all over the world. The position will initially be offered for one year (from 1 October 2021) and will be renewed for a further three years (maximally) by mutual agreement based on PhD candidate progress in the preparation of a doctoral dissertation and research.

Remuneration will be in the form of a doctoral scholarship in the amount of 5000 PLN per month (minus social security overheads required by Polish law, circa 3600 PLN netto).


The PhD thesis will be carried out as part of the project entitled "The occurrence of extreme weather, climate and water events in Poland from the 11th to 18th centuries in the light of multiproxy data".

See a short description of the project:


- Collecting, digitising and quality control of early instrumental meteorological data for the area of Poland.
- Constructing a database of all abovementioned data and their critical evaluation.
- Calibrating information about the occurrence and intensity of some types of extreme weather, climate and water events (WCWs) in Poland from the 11th to 18th centuries identified using historical sources with early instrumental measurements carried out in the 18th century.
- Determining the meteorological conditions that contributed to drought and flood occurrences.
- Analysing the relationships between thermal and precipitation indices as well as weather/circulation conditions for all of Poland or individual regions, and changes in the occurrence and intensity of the mentioned extremes.
- Identifying similarities and differences between the historical (18th century) and modern-day occurrence and character of WCWs in Poland, and comparing historical results from Poland with analogous ones available for Europe, and in particular for Central Europe.
- Interpretation of results, preparation of scientific articles, presentation of results at conferences and scientific meetings.


The successful candidate will have:

- a university science degree (MSc) in environmental sciences, physical geography, climatology, or related areas;
- very good communication skills in English, both spoken and written (confirmend by B2 level certificate);
- experience in statistical analyses;
- good skills in compiling, correcting, processing and analysing meteorological historical data series;
- background in historical and current meteorological measurement techniques;
- strong GIS and cartographic skills;
- strong analytical skills;
- an inquisitive mind-set, attention to accuracy, creativity and self-reliance;
- high motivation for research work.

A sense of humour and a smile are appreciated.


The assessment will emphasise motivation, and academic and personal suitability for the position and the research project. Emphasis will be put on potential for research as shown by the Master’s thesis and any other academic works. In addition, the team may consider work experience, teaching qualifications or other activities of significance to PhD studies.

The applicant should be creative, with a strongly problem-oriented, and enjoy working in collaboration with others. Furthermore, the applicant must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of the discipline and the university as a whole.

Deadline for applications is 16 April 2021, 23:59 (CET). All documents should be submitted in pdf format to the future supervisor Professor Rajmund Przybylak (see or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must include:

- Application and motivation letter (maximum 1–2 pages).
- Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages).
- Diploma for Master's degree.
- Transcript of grades/academic record for Master's degree.
- Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available).
- Documentation of English proficiency (B2 level).
- At least one reference, preferably including the Master's thesis supervisor.
- Publication record.

The recruitment procedures for the PhD student position will be in accordance with "REGULATIONS FOR AWARDING NCN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NCN-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS":

Recruitment stages

1. Interview with the research project team (online or contact form) - 26 April 2021.
2. Successful candidates will be then interviewed by the Interview Committee of the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University - end of May/first half of June.

Further information

Informal questions can be emailed to Professor Rajmund Przybylak: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.