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[Met-jobs] PhD position in regional scale climate-carbon cycle modeling

From Edouard Davin <>
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Date Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:55:46 +0100

In the framework of the CarboCount-CH project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences of ETH Zürich offers a PhD position in regional scale climate-carbon cycle modeling. The overarching goal of CarboCount-CH is to combine advanced modeling and experimental methods to quantify greenhouse gas fluxes between the biosphere and the atmosphere and their sensitivity to climate variations at the regional scale and more specifically over Switzerland. CarboCount-CH is a collaborative project between 6 Swiss institutes at ETH Zurich, Empa and the University of Bern and is closely associated with the Centre for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM).

The successful candidate will develop an integrated biosphere-atmosphere modeling system representing explicitly the interactions between energy, water and carbon fluxes at the European scale. This system will be used to investigate how these fluxes and the atmospheric carbon budget respond to climate variability and trends, in particular in relation to soil moisture dynamics and droughts. The modeling system will build upon the recently developed COSMO-CLM^2 model combining a Regional Climate Model and an advanced Land Surface Model (more information concerning COSMO-CLM^2 can be found here: Until now, COSMO-CLM^2 has been used without the existing but optional carbon and nitrogen module. Within this PhD thesis, COSMO-CLM^2 will be further developed to incorporate explicitly climate-carbon cycle interactions and to allow the simulation of CO2 exchanges between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere. Historical simulations will then be carried out and analyzed focusing on the linkages between the climate, biogeochemical cycles and vegetation processes (such as phenology) in particular in the context of heat waves and droughts.

The PhD student will be supervised by Prof. Sonia Seneviratne (ETH) and Prof. Nicolas Gruber (ETH). The PhD student will closely collaborate with two other PhD students in the project and will be supported by technical staff and postdocs hired through the project. The CarboCount-CH project will start in January 2011 and applicants should be able to begin before spring 2012. The desired qualifications for the PhD candidates are: Master degree in atmospheric and/or climate sciences, physics, computational sciences or a closely related discipline; experience with a higher programming language; fluency in English; good communication skills; interest in climate change research.

For further information about the position please contact Prof. Sonia Seneviratne ( See also and

In order to receive full consideration, applications must be submitted online via button below before December 31, 2011. Applications should include a CV, your research interest, a list of publications and the names of two academic referees. Please address your application to ETH Zurich, Rolf Oertli, Human Resources, 8092 Zürich.

Apply here:

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