The Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Institute of Environmental Engineering, has a vacancy for
PhD position in Erosion and Sediment Transport Modeling
The EU funded project“Use of a Decision-Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food NExus in complex and trans-boundary water resources systems of fast growing developing countries (DAFNE)” focuses on the exploration of the water-energy-food NExus in complex and trans-boundary water resources systems of fast growing developing countries. DAFNE aims to develop an integrated and adaptive water resources planning and management approach that explicitly ad-dresses the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus from a novel participatory and multidisciplinary perspective. A decision-analytic- framework (DAF) will be developed to quantitatively assess the social, economic, and environmental impact of expanding energy and food production in complex physical and political contexts, where natural and social processes are strongly interconnected and the institutional setting involves multiple stakeholders and decision-makers. For two cross-boundary case studies, the Zambezi and the Omo river basins, the WEF nexus will be quantified and analyzed as the trade-off between conflicting objectives such as hydropower production vs. irrigation, land exploitation vs. conservation, etc. The nexus will be translated into economic values and impact on growth, ecosystems and ecosystem services. DAFNE will generate and explore alternative planning and management solutions based on the cooperation of public and private stakeholders, which foster the profitable but equitable use of resources without transgressing environmental limits or creating societal and/or stakeholder conflicts. This requires, among others, the development of hydrological models that can simulate the complex response of river basins to natural changes and anthropogenic pressure.
We are searching fora candidate that will carry out research in the field of surface erosion and sediment transport modeling at the field and catchment scale. Starting from current knowledge about spatially distributed sediment production, erosion and transport processes at the watershed scale, the PhD project aims at developing a hydrological model component for the explicit quantitative modeling of these processes throughout the catchment, combining upland field-scale erosion for different land uses with transfer through the river network including the effect of sedimentation in reservoirs and flow regulation. The candidate should have a MSc degree preferably in Environmental Engineering and/or Science or a related field. A good knowledge of Hydrology and/or Geomorphology is required. The project mostly involves numerical modeling and, thus, quantitative and numerical tasks. Programming skills are an asset for the position. Previous experiences in international context or periods of study abroad, as well as participation in team work are also positively evaluated. We encourage applications from enthusiastic and motivated individuals with excellent oral and written communication skills in English. The successful candidate will be offered a PhD position for 3.5 years. Standard ETH Zurich PhD student conditions are provided.
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Please submityour application online, (Apply now) which includes a cover letter, comprehensive CV, publication list, diplomas, work certificates (if any) and name of at least 1 reference person. Application deadline is 28th October 2016.