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[Met-jobs] 50% PostDoc position available for the TEMPS project (Switzerland)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:58:21 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

A 50% Postdoctoral position is available in the context of the Swiss
National Science Foundation "Sinergia" Project TEMPS «The Evolution of
Mountain Permafrost in Switzerland» for a period of three years.

The TEMPS project combines a large multi-disciplinary team of scientists
from most of the institutes currently involved in permafrost research in
Switzerland. The combination of sophisticated observation data sets from
numerous mountain permafrost monitoring sites with state-of-the-art
(regional climate) model data is the core of the project. The main field
data are available from the Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network. The
postdoctoral position focuses on the processing and management of the
project data sets. The work includes the development of strategies to
process, quality check, homogenize and archive large quantities of
climate and permafrost related data from a variety of sources and
methods. The overall aim is then the time series analysis and the
development of statistical methods for the identification of the
dominant atmospheric, surface and subsurface processes which govern the
temporal and site-specific evolution of mountain permafrost in Switzerland.

The successful candidate will closely collaborate with the PERMOS Office
and all TEMPS partners (Universities of Fribourg, Lausanne&  Zürich, ETH
Zürich, WSL-SLF Davos). Furthermore, the Postdoctoral fellow will be
responsible for the archiving within an existing data base and the
establishment of a web-based data portal. This service is a substantial
basis for the fruitful collaboration within TEMPS.


PhD in geosciences, meteorology/climate sciences, glaciology or related
field, experience in permafrost research is an asset but not a
requirement • significant experience in the processing and
homogenization of field data and time series from environmental
monitoring • scientific computing skills, including programming (e.g.,
R, Matlab), data base maintenance (e.g., MySQL, PhP, Oracle), and web
applications • communication skills in English • interest in climate and
high mountain studies, field measurements and modelling • motivation to
work within a multi-disciplinary team with a high degree of collaboration.

Place of work:

One of the institutes participating in TEMPS (see above), preferably the
institute of the PERMOS Office.

Work and contract duration:

50% Postdoctoral position for maximum three years, starting as soon as
possible. Organizational details will be discussed with the successful


Prof. Christian Hauck, Department of Geosciences, University of
Fribourg, +41 26 300 9011 (<>) • Dr. Jeannette
Nötzli, PERMOS Office, Department of Geography, University of Zurich,
+41 44 635 5224 (<>)

Please send your application (including letter of interest, CV,
publication list, copies of academic certificates etc.) until 31.
December 2011 to: Prof. Christian Hauck, Department of Geosciences,
University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 4, CH–1700 Fribourg, Switzerland.

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