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 investigates hydrologically driven natural hazards and the sustainable use of water resources in alpine areas. For a research project, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, in the framework of the WSL program Climate Change Impacts on Alpine Mass Movements we are looking per January 1, 2018, or by arrangement for a
PhD student in Soil Hydrology
You will study the dynamics of soil moisture during landslide-triggering rainfall events. To this end, you will analyze existing soil moisture data, conduct own measurements and experiments in the field and simulate the triggering of shallow landslides with a numerical model. You will publish your research results in national and international journals. As a PhD student your main place of work will be the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf, but you will also be in close collaboration with University of Fribourg and ETH Zürich.
You hold a Master degree with a solid expert knowledge in soil physics, geosciences, natural hazards or in a similar topic. You know the basics of soil hydrological measurements and, ideally, have been working already with soil moisture measurements. You are familiar with standard software for data analysis, such as R, IDL or Matlab. You enjoy working in the field, but are also interested in numerical, physically-based models that can generalize your measurements. An autonomous and structured work style and the ability to work in a team are required.
Please send your complete application to Monika Lips, Human Resources WSL. Manfred Stähli, phone +41 (0)44 739 24 72, 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.