The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
The Research Unit Mountain Hydrology and Mass Movements develops a basis for an improved management of floods and similar natural hazards. The research group Torrents and Mass Movements coordinates a SNSF project "Surrogate bedload transport measurements with acoustic sensors" and is offering per February 1, 2018 or as agreed upon a
PhD position in bedload transport measurements
You study the relationship of transport of coarse bedload particles with the signal of acoustic sensors. These investigations will be made in an outdoor flume facility of TU Munich (partner of the DFG project part) at Obernach in southern Bavaria as well as in four different Swiss rivers and torrents. Most measurements will be made with the Swiss plate geophone system. By analyzing experimental flume data you improve the interpretation of the geophone signal and the quantitative estimation of bedload transport in natural channels. You present your results at international conferences and in scientific journals.
You have a degree in civil or electric engineering, or earth sciences, ideally with experience in sediment transport, hydraulics, signal analysis, and acoustics. Further you have a good knowledge in mathematics, statistics and programming. You have knowledge of German and English, and have an independent, structured and focused work approach.
Please send your complete application to Monika Lips, Human Resources WSL. Dieter Rickenmann, phone +41 (0)44 739 24 29, und Alexandre Badoux, phone +41 (0)44 739 22 83, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.