PhD Student in Hydrothermal characteristics of rock glaciers

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 Permafrost Research Group is part of the SLF Research UnitAlpine Environment and Natural Hazards. We investigate climate-induced changes and the resulting processes in mountain permafrost.Our research and monitoring contribute to improve risk assessments and the management of mass movements in alpine permafrost areas. We are looking for a

PhD Student “Hydrothermal characteristics of rock glaciers” (f/m/d)

With the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the Universities of Fribourg (UniFr), Lausanne (UNIL) and Zurich (UZH), and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) are launching the RoDynAlpS (Rock glacier dynamics in the Swiss Alps,RoDynAlpS – Open positions (Link to Uni FR)) project, the first comprehensive and consistent study of past, present, and regional evolution of rock glaciers in Switzerland. Through the combination of region-wide remote sensing analyses, integrative field-based studies and detailed numerical modelling, the project will provide a complete framework for understanding the dynamics of rock glaciers in the context of climate change.

You will collect high resolution thermal, hydrological, geophysical, geotechnical and geodetic data on selected rock glaciers to identify and quantify the physical processes contributing to the seasonal, interannual and long-term variations of rock glacier velocities. You will actively contribute towards the design and instrumentation of investigation sites with boreholes in ice-rich permafrost. Additionally, you will analyse the data collected and in close collaboration with other project members, will contribute to implement your findings in a conceptual model of rock glacier dynamics.

You hold an MSc degree in Geosciences or a related discipline and have experience in the application of geophysical techniques. You have excellent computing skills and enjoy analyzing complex data sets. We encourage applications from enthusiastic, dedicated people with outstanding oral and written communication skills in English as well as in one of the Swiss national languages. You are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment. You have experience travelling and working in remote high alpine terrain and enjoy living in the mountains.

Please send your complete application to Jasmine Zollinger, Human Resources SLF, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.Marcia Phillips, phone +41 (0)81 417 02 18, 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.