Critical Earth is a 4 year project that starts in March 2021. We will be posting 15 early fully funded early stage researcher (ESR) i.e. PhD level positions from the end of 2020 until they are filled, in the spring/summer of 2021. Please check regularly and follow our Twitter for notifications.

Applicants with the desired skills can, and are encouraged to apply from any country in the world. If you are applying from a location that requires a visa or permit, then we will be able to provide support and advice throughout the process of relocation for you and your family. Feel free to ask us questions in advance if you need more information and reassurance.

Eligibility: Applicants must not have resided and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date — unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

The applicant must be an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) i.e. at the time of recruitment you must be in the first *4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree. *This is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

  1. PhD position (3-years) in the field of Earth System Analysis (GERMANY & BELGIUM) at the Freie Universität Berlin and Université catholique de Louvain. PhD ESR3 :”Transition cascades in Paleoclimate: From climate to ecosystems and early civilizations” will provide a mathematical understanding of how abrupt climate changes over the past 800 thousand years have triggered cascades of changes in ecosystems around the world. Click link for details/Application Deadline: 28th Feb 2021
  2. PhD researcher (3-years) in applied mathematics (GERMANY) at the Technical University of Munich. PhD ESR4 “Bifurcations and Patterns in Spatial Stochastic Climate Models will be at the research group on Multiscale and Stochastic Dynamics ( Interested candidates should have a background in (at least one) of the following areas: dynamical systems, stochastic processes, scientific computing or PDE. Click link for details/Application. Deadline: Open until position is filled.
  3. PhD Position (3-years) in the field of Earth System Modelling (SPAIN) will be at the Complutense University of Madrid. PhD ESR14 “Assessing the risk of tipping cascades through Earth System Modelling will aim to investigate the critical forcing levels at which tipping of individual tipping elements can take place. Click link for details/Application. Deadline: 15th March 2021
  4. Doctoral researcher (3-years) in Climate and Statistical Mechanics (FRANCE) PhD ESR13 will studying abrupt climate changes using machine learning and rare events algorithms. PhD position is at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon – Laboratoire de physique (ENSL-CNRS, Lyon, France). Click link for details/Application Deadline: open until filled.
  5. PhD position (3-years) in the field of climate dynamics (NORWAY) will be at the University of Tromsø. PhD ESR5 “Tipping points in the warming Arctic”. In this project, we will combine conceptual, physics-based dynamical system models of Arctic climate response with data-driven approaches and paleoclimatic data. Click link for details/Application Deadline 6th March 2021.
  6. PhD Position (3-years) in the field of climate dynamics and statistical mechanics (UK) will be at the University of Reading. PhD ESR10 “Melancholia States and Stochastic Resonance in Climate Models will analyse stochastic resonance and role of melancolia states for tipping between climate states. Announcement will open in late Feb 2021.
  7. PhD Position (3-years) in the field of climate dynamics modelling and earth observation (ITALY) will be at  Politecnico di Torino. PhD ESR11 “Mechanisms of low-frequency oscillations of Meridional Overturning Circulation in an EMIC and in a state-of-the-art fully-coupled Earth-System model will evaluate mechanisms driving low-frequency oscillations of AMOC. Click link for details/Application April 15 2021.
  8. PhD Position (3-years) available in the field of Complex Systems (GERMANY) at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. PhD ESR15 “How trends and fluctuations mask critical transitions in high-dimensional multistable systems possessing long transients” will aim to investigate the question why tipping phenomena obtained in conceptual climate models are observed as abrupt transitions in comprehensive climate models. Click link for details/ApplicationDeadline March 07, 2021
  9. 2 x PhD positions (3-years) in the field of climate dynamics and earth system modelling (NETHERLANDS) at the Department of Physics, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU). PhD ESR6 will focus on the development of new methods to calculate rare events in high-dimensional climate models and PhD ESR7 will focus on the behaviour of the climate system due to the interaction of several tipping elements. Deadline passed.
  10. 2 x PhD positions (3-years) in the field of Applied Mathematics (UK). These PhD positions will be based at University of Exeter (England). PhD ESR8: Multiscale variability of coupled systems is a theoretical project aims to develop novel methods to understand multiple timescale conceptual models. Deadline has passed.
    PhD ESR9: “Deterministic extremes and climate tipping points” will use geometric and analytic features of dynamical systems to understand generic properties of probability distributions governing extremes, and make predictions on when extremes are likely to occur in the future. Deadline has
  11. PhD Fellow Position (3-years) available in the field of Climate Theory (BELGIUM) at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium. PhD ESR12 “Impact of climate change on low-frequency variability and predictability in a hierarchy of climate models will investigate the role of unstable periodic orbits (UPOs) on low-frequency variability in climate models. Deadline passed.
  12. 2 x PhD positions (3-years) in the field of Climate Theory (Denmark). Located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. PhD ESR1: “Tipping in the past and future climate” will use a hierarchy of models to investigate different types of possible climate transitions that the Earth system has experienced during the last glacial cycle. PhD ESR2 “Climate response to greenhouse gas forcing” will investigate accelerated climate response to greenhouse gas forcing in observations and climate models Deadline passed.

We want our staff to reflect the diversity of society and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates worldwide regardless of personal background. The selection will be exclusively based on qualification without regard to disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.