Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

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 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology studies the diversity of life in its various forms, from genetic diversity to the diversity of species and ecosystems as well as their interactions. Within the project ClimEx - Climate Modelling of Extreme Events ( as part of the CHELSA project (, we develop high resolution data on extreme climatic events on a global scale based on CMIP6 models. For December 1st, we are lookingfor one year for a:

Programmer for climate modelling (50%)

Your task will be the implementation of the climate model on high performance computers. You will also have an active role in data management, and help with programming specific modules of the codes needed for climate modelling.

The candidate should have a working knowledge of Python, Java, and/or C++, (knowledge in R, or Google Earth Engine are an advantage). As well you should be able to work in a Linux environment (experience on cluster computers, e.g. slurm based clusters is an advantage). Furthermore you are used to work with precision and perseverance and you appreciate the cooperation with an international and dynamic research team. You speak and write fluently English.

Please send your complete application to Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Dr. Dirk N. Karger, project manager, (, phone +41 44 739 25 48 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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