The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
The Research Unit “Alpine Environment and Natural Hazards” as part of the "CERC" investigates, among other things, the detection,
monitoring and modelling of natural hazards in alpine regions. For the Research Group “Alpine Remote Sensing
” we are looking from early autumn
or by arrangement
PhD student „numerical simulation of avalanche scenarios“ (f/m/d)
As part of the SNSF project «Avalanche safety for roads», which funds two PhD students, you analyze the sensitivity of the recent avalanche model RAMMS::EXTENDED for parameters such as windblow snow input, snow temperature, erosion or forest interaction. Based on your findings you develop and simulate scenarios that are relevant for road safety. The aim is to put the results into formats that are useful for practical applications. You publish your results in scientific journals and present them at international conferences.
You have a MSc in Geography / Geoinformatics with focus on Geographical Information Systems GIS and/or numerical simulations of natural hazards. Ideally you already have some experience with hazard mapping, for example by working for an engineering company dealing with natural hazards. You are experienced in moving safely in alpine environments, also in winter. You are fluent in English, have sound skills in German and like to work exactly and independently but are still a team-player.
Please send your complete application to Clemens Güdel, Human Resources SLF, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. For questions and further information, please contact Dr. Yves Bühler, Tel. +41 (0)81 417 01 63. WSL aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore particularly en-courages qualified women to apply for this position.