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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 group Hydrology and Climate Impacts in Mountain Regions at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos and the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich predicts multivariate hydro- climatic extreme events in mountain regions and quantifies their future changes. The group has strong expertise in water resources, extreme value analyses, statistical modelling, and climate impact assessments and is looking, from autumn or winter 2023 , for a

PhD student in Hydrology (f/m/d)

You will work in the project “Consecutive drought-to-flood events in a warming world,” which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Hydrological extremes can have particularly severe impacts if they occur in close succession, e.g. when droughts are abruptly terminated by floods. To reduce the negative impacts of consecutive hydrologic extremes, we need to understand the hydro-climatic drivers of these events and estimates of their frequency of occurrence under current and future climate conditions. Within this PhD project, you will set up a climate-hydrological model chain to quantify the impacts of climate change and water management on drought-to- flood transitions. You will publish your results in scientific journals and present them at international conferences. The work location will be at SLF in Davos and you will obtain a PhD degree at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich (https: //

You hold a MSc degree in hydrology, environmental sciences or engineering, climate sciences, or a closely related field. Experience with hydrological models and large datasets are desired and we seek candidates that have previous experience with programming languages (e.g. Python, R). We encourage applications from enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who have very good oral and written communication skills in English. You are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary and international working environment and you would enjoy living in a beautiful and diverse mountain environment.

Please send your complete application to Jasmine Zollinger, Human Resources WSL/SLF, by uploading the requested documents (including a cover letter, CV, certificate & transcript of your highest degree earned, and an example of your own scientific writing in English) on our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Manuela Brunner (https: // www., phone +41 81 417 03 42, e-mail [email protected]) 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. The job advertisement remains online until the position is filled.

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