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 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 group Avalanche Formation and Dynamics is looking for a

Postdoc “Modeling of glide-snow avalanches” 80-100% (f/m/d)

In the context of a SNF-funded project on the formation of glide-snow avalanches you develop a modeling approach for the formation and dynamics of glide-snow avalanches. You will extend the existing Material Point Method approach to glide-snow avalanches to better understand glide-snow avalanche release and dynamics. In addition to modelling, you will design an experiment for measuring the coefficient of friction between the snow slab and the glide surface as a function of the liquid water content within the basal snow layers. You will supervise a Master’s student to perform the experiments. You closely work with two doctoral students who study conditions for glide-snow avalanche formation in the field and the cold lab, and also model the pertinent processes below the slope scale. The position is funded for two years.

You hold a doctoral degree in cryospheric sciences, computational mechanics or a related field. You are experienced with numerical modelling and familiar with experimental work. Very good knowledge of English and organizational skills are expected. Furthermore, you are team-oriented and show initiative. You bring with you an independent way of working and enjoy scientific work.


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.Prof. Dr. Jürg Schweizer, phone +41 (0)81 417 01 64, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its workforce, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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