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[Met-jobs] PhD Position at the University of Zurich (Switzerland)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
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>.

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Dr. Alexander Damm

Remote Sensing Laboratories

Department of Geography

University of Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 190

8057 Zurich, Switzerland




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