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[Met-jobs] Open PhD position at ETH Zurich

From "Wild Martin" <>
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Date Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:47:31 +0000

The Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science of ETH Zurich has an opening 
for a

PhD Position in Climate Science

in the frame of the project “Towards an improved understanding of the Global 
Energy Balance: Temporal variation of solar radiation in the climate system” 
funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The aim of this PhD project is to obtain a better understanding of the 
variations of solar radiation at the Earth’s surface as observed over the past 
decades, which appear to have a profound impact on various aspects of 
environmental change. It remains debated whether these variations are primarily 
due to either aerosols or clouds, and dominated by reflection or absorption, 
with opposing impacts on global warming. A promising way to address these 
questions is to combine surface radiation measurements with collocated 
measurements of solar reflection back to space obtained from satellites, which 
allows an estimation of the disposition of solar radiation in the climate 
system and attribution to absorption and scattering.

In this PhD project, both surface and satellite data will thus be exploited to 
study the temporal variation of solar radiation in the climate system. The 
study period since 2000, when accurate satellite data started to become 
available, is particularly interesting as it covers a phase where global 
temperatures have not been rising substantially (“global warming hiatus”).

The position requires a master degree in Atmospheric/Earth/Environmental 
Sciences, Physics or equivalent. Applicants are expected to have a strong 
background in atmospheric sciences and (applied) mathematics and /or (geo-) 
statistics. Excellent skills in programming (UNIX environment) and data 
processing, as well as in communicating in oral and written English are a clear 
advantage. The ability to work in a team as well as in a self-dependent manner 
with a high degree of dedication is a further requirement.

We offer a friendly and stimulating work environment at a leading climate 
research institute with excellent infrastructures. The position is funded for 
three years. The ideal starting date is fall 2015. Workplace is Zurich, 
Switzerland. PhD salaries are at an internationally attractive level.

Further information can be obtained from

Prof. Martin Wild | E-mail:

Please submit your application online by going to

(submissions by email will not be considered)

Prof. Martin Wild
Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science
ETH Zurich
Universitaetsstr. 16
CH-8092 Zurich (Switzerland)

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