WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and protection of landscapes and habitats, and a responsible approach to natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 500 people, of whom 140 work at SLF in Davos.

The Research Unit Community Ecology studies how ecosystem patterns and processes influence communities and their dynamics. The Mountain Ecosystems research team studies the protection potential of forests against avalanches and is offering a position within a project funded by the «Fonds zur Förderung der Wald- und Holzforschung WHFF» starting in spring 2018 for a

PostDoc Protection potential of forests against landslides (70%)

You will examine the protection effects of forest against shallow landslides and find a practicable method to assess them reliably. Previous studies will help you to indicate a decrease of landslides in forests with better stand structure. You will investigate and verify these results for selected regions applying remote sensing (GIS, LiDAR) and performing field work. Based on that, you will develop a statistical model and elaborate «Interactive Maps» for the susceptibility of forests to shallow landslides. Furthermore, you will publish your results in scientific journals.

 You have a PhD in Natural Sciences, Geography or a related field. You have experience in statistical modelling and remote sensing as well as in data analysis and handling of databases. Knowledge in ecology and good written and oral communication skills in German and English are required. Furthermore, you are a team-oriented person with good communication skills, and you are used to work efficiently, precisely and well structured.

Please send your complete application to Jasmine Zimmermann, Human Resources WSL/SLF. Frank Graf, phone +41 (0)81 417 02 10 &, and Peter Bebi, phone +41 (0)81 417 02 73 &, as Christian Rickli, phone +41 (0)44 739 24 03 &, 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.

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