|From||"Roger Brugge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:27:35 +0000|
Forwarded from CLIMLIST... Open PhD position on “Assessing environmental change impacts on ecosystem functioning using observations and modelling” (SEON-UZH-1) The Swiss Earth Observatory Network (SEON) is a newly established competence centre at the University of Zurich to monitor status and functioning of selected Swiss ecosystems in a changing environment. SEON is a collaborative effort with groups from University of Fribourg, ETHZ, EMPA, and EAWAG. An increasing demand for natural resources impacts important biotic and physical processes within the Earth system and causes complex interactions within terrestrial ecosystems. SEON pursues a holistic Earth system science approach to assess environmental change impacts on ecosystem functioning and considers complex feedback mechanisms between the Earth spheres, including the human impact. In this framework, we invite applications for a PhD position assessing environmental change impacts on ecosystem functioning using observations and modelling. The position will integrate spectroscopic observational approaches of biogeochemical cycles within different Earth spheres with physical process modeling. Focus will be on selected Swiss ecosystems following a gradient of human demand (from alpine regions to urban areas). Results on feedbacks between environmental change and biogeochemical cycles will be used to predict the impact of change on ecosystem functioning and status, also those aspects attributable to human activity. The research will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about environmental change and functional responses of ecosystems. The successful applicant will be based at the University of Zurich and supervised by Alexander Damm and Rogier de Jong (supervisors) as well as Michael Schaepman (faculty member). The Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) host several research groups working on a variety of topics related to land surface processes, including the use of imaging spectroscopy, LIDAR and SAR based approaches. For more information, see <http://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/rsl./> Upon start, applicants must have a completed master’s degree in earth system science, environmental sciences, remote sensing, or any related science field, preferably with experience in modelling. Applicants must be able to pursue data-oriented computational research as well as experimental approaches and fieldwork. Good numerical skills and literacy in programming is an asset. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position may start as of February 1, 2013 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of PhD salaries. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment. Please send your application as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, transcript/grades of MSc and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than January 11, 2013. The position remains open until filled. For further questions, please contact Alexander.Damm@geo.uzh.ch or Michael.Schaepman@geo.uzh.ch <mailto:Michael.Schaepman@geo.uzh.ch>. -- Dr. Alexander Damm Remote Sensing Laboratories Department of Geography University of Zurich Winterthurerstrasse 190 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
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