The newly established glaciology group affiliated at both the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW)at ETH Zurich, invites applications for a
PhD position in permafrost modelling
The project, conducted in close collaboration with the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos, aims at quantifying future permafrost contributions to runoff in high alpine catchments. To this end, an existing, semi-empirical, distributed permafrost model will be validated against field measurements and be further developed. A particular focus will be the better representation of the energy balance over coarse rocky surfaces and the comparison to existing, physically based models addressing the small scale only. In a second phase, the model will be applied at the catchment scale in order to quantify the contribution of permafrost to total runoff. The project will initially focus on selected sites in the Swiss Alps, but should extend the model’s applicability to mountainous regions for which the permafrost contribution has been suggested to be critical (e.g. Central Asia). The future projections aim at quantifying the effects to be expected from various climate scenarios, and will support long-term water management and adaptation strategies.
The successful candidate holds a MSc (or equivalent) degree in environmental engineering, (geo-) physics, mathematics or a related field, and has a strong interest in numerical modelling. Previous experiences in scripting languages (e.g. Phyton, IDL, Matlab) are indispensable. The capability of developing new solutions autonomously is a prerequisite, as are good English skills and the will to contribute to field work. Experience in high-alpine environments is an asset.
For further information
please contact Prof. Dr. Daniel Farinotti (email@example.com; no applications) and/or visit our websites at http://glaciology.ethz.chand www.wsl.ch/fe/gebirgshydrologie.
Please submityour application online including a motivation letter, a comprehensive CV/resume, your score/grade records, a link to your MSc thesis, the contact information of at least three referees, and a publication list (if available). Additional diplomas and/or work certificates are welcomed. Please address your application to: ETH Zurich, Mrs. Corinna Niescher, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich.