PhD Student in High Mountain Glacio-Hydrology

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.


The new High Mountain Glaciers and Hydrology (HIMAL) Group investigates high elevation cryospheric processes and water resources in extreme high mountain regions of the world. We are now looking for aPhD student in High Mountain Glacio-Hydrology

You will study the hydrology of several catchments in the High Andes of Chile containing a variety of glaciers, including debris-covered glaciers and rock glaciers, focusing on the catchments’ response to a changing climate. This task will require combination of novel field data with remote sensing observations to drive glacio-hydrological models in order to simulate the catchment hydrological response. You will cooperate with numerous partners in Chile (CEAZA, La Serena, and University of Chile, Santiago) and international partners.

You hold a Master degree in physical hydrology, environmental engineering, (geo-) physics, atmospheric sciences, or a related field. Previous experience in computer modelling and scripting languages (e.g. Python, IDL, Matlab, R) are indispensable. The capability to develop new ideas independently is necessary, as are good English skills (both written and oral). Experience in high-alpine environments is desirable. Furthermore you are a curious, self-reliant person who also likes to work in a team.

Please address your complete application to Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL. Francesca Pellicciotti (phone +41 (0)44 739 25 04, email: francesca.pellicciotti@wsl.ch) 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. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf
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