Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
The Department of Surface Waters – Research and Management (SURF) located in Kastanienbaum (Lucerne) has a vacancy for a
PhD student on three-dimensional lake hydrodynamic modelling
This research opportunity is an integral part of an exciting project aimed at advancing our understanding of lake dynamics and their ecological implications. We utilize state-of-the-art 3D hydrodynamic models (refer to http://meteolakes.ch/ for more information) to delve into the complexities of lake systems. As a candidate, your primary responsibility will involve developing and refining 3D hydrodynamic models to simulate and analyse physical processes within lakes. The overarching goal of this research is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of horizontal structures within lakes and quantify their impact.

In this role, you will engage in data assimilation of both in-situ and remotely sensed observations into hydrodynamic models. Additionally, you will be responsible for the implementation of Lagrangian particle tracking methods. Finally, you will employ the output from these models to evaluate and assess horizontal patterns in lakes. The project emphasizes open science, and operational model output will be made openly accessible through a web-based data platform (take a look at https://www.datalakes-eawag.ch for reference).

We are actively seeking exceptional and highly motivated candidates who have earned a master's degree in a relevant field, such as physics, environmental science, applied mathematics, or computer science. An interdisciplinary mindset is crucial, as we encourage collaboration across various disciplines. Strong English communication skills and the ability to work effectively in teams are essential qualities we are looking for. This position will be located within the SURF Department in the Aquatic Physics group led by Damien Bouffard.

Applications must be submitted by 1 September 2023 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV, link to own git repository (if existing) and the names and contact information for two references. The anticipated starting date for the position is January 2024 or on agreement.

Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

For further information please contact Prof. Damien Bouffard.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please send it through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. A click on the button below will take you directly to the application form.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology