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. In this framework the research group Torrents and Mass Movements is involved in a research programme dedicated to the Climate Change Impact on Alpine Mass Movements and is offering per April 1, 2018 (or as agreed upon) a
PhD position in debris flow research
You will explore the relationship between climate-change scenarios and Alpine mass movements. Existing models describing parts of the sediment cascade will be used and extended in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary research team. The research will focus on comparisons of model predictions with data sets from Swiss Alpine catchments. Additional sediment data will be collected in the field to explore the transition between floods, debris floods, and debris flows. You will also run sensitivity tests to explore the model application for sites where less data are available. The results will be presented at international conferences and published in appropriate scientific journals.
Applicants should have earned a master’s degree in earth science or geophysics, environmental science, environmental engineering, or similar fields, ideally with experience in the general theme of mass movements and Alpine geomor-phology. Experience in programming (e.g. Matlab) and statistical analyses are an asset. Applicants must have a good command of English and fluently speak at least one national language. You operate independently, in a structured as well as efficient way and you like working within an interdisciplinary and practice oriented research environment.
Please send your complete application to Monika Lips, Human Resources WSL. Brian McArdell, phone +41 (0)44 739 2442 or Christoph Graf, phone +41 (0)44 739 2454, 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.