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 the environment and on the handling of natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 600 people, of whom 140 work at SLF in Davos.
The Research Unit Snow Avalanches and Prevention investigates the formation and dynamics of avalanches, develops prevention measures in the context of integral risk management, operates warning and information systems and is responsible for avalanche warning in the Swiss Alps. The research group Avalanche Formation and Dynamics offers a Tenure-Track-Position as
Scientist “Numerical avalanche prediction” 80-100% (f/m/d)
You will work in the field of numerical avalanche prediction to improve avalanche forecasting. This will involve developing models to improve avalanche prediction, assimilate novel snow and avalanche (detection) data, and incorporate results from field and laboratory measurements to better represent the processes responsible for avalanche release. You will acquire third party funding for interdisciplinary research and practice-oriented projects and lead these projects. In addition, you will advise research partners and practitioners and transfer knowledge to practice on topics pertaining to avalanche formation and forecasting. You will publish research results in national and international journals, present your results at conferences, participate in teaching activities and supervise students.
You have completed academic studies in the field of natural sciences, with a PhD. Modelling and/or experimental experience and practical experience in snow instability assessment are required. You bring solid analytical capacities and have good organization and communication skills. Furthermore, you have experience in working in snow covered mountains and safe winter travel skills. You have very good knowledge of English and preferably also German. Ideally, you are able to work independently and reliably, enjoy working in an international team and are highly motivated.
Please send your complete application to Jasmine Zollinger, Human Resources WSL/SLF, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Alec van Herwijnen, phone +41 (0)81 417 01 61, 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.