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

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:59:08 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Vacancy for a PhD student in Mountain Climatology/Glaciology

Starting date: January 1st or as soon as possible

We have an open position (3+1 year) for one PhD student at the
University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Department of Geosciences, Physical
Geography Unit (<>) within the
topic of:

Precipitation/accumulation processes in high-mountain cryospheric

by means of climate data products, models and field observations and
with links to climate change impacts and adaptation research.

Understanding the evolution of the precipitation regime in high-mountain
regions is key for the assessment of future changes of the high-mountain
cryosphere and thus for the development of water resources and changing
risks in these regions. The temporal and spatial scarcity of reliable
data records, however, limits related studies. Combining knowledge and
methods from atmospheric and cryospheric sciences has a great potential
to significantly improve our knowledge on high-mountain cryospheric
regimes with focus on precipitation processes.

The successful candidate is supposed to advance in this challenging
interface of atmosphere-cryosphere research, and to strengthen in
particular the atmospheric part. The open PhD position will be well
embedded in ongoing research activities at our unit (particularly the
Alpine Cryosphere and Geomorphology Group), while focusing on the
following main objectives:

· Improving the understanding of precipitation and snow and ice
accumulation processes in high –mountain regions (Alps, Himalayas,
Andes) and the impacts on the cryosphere

· Evaluation of climate data products (in particular precipitation,
snow) in high-mountain regions and development of dedicated approaches
and methods for their use in high-mountain cryospheric research.

· Analyses of the evolution of the precipitation and cryospheric regime
in high-mountain regions at the local and regional scale, in the context
of impacts for the environment and societies

It is further expected that the successful candidate will participate in
teaching activities at the Department of Geosciences (BSc and MSc level).

Applicants should have a Diploma or MSc degree in atmospheric or
environmental sciences, geography, hydrology or in a closely related
field. Experience and skills in processing large (climate) datasets
(e.g. NetCDF) and numerical modeling is required; skills in fieldwork
and mountaineering are an asset.

We encourage applications from scientifically motivated, independent and
creative individuals with interests in interdisciplinary research, and
which enjoy working in a team. Good oral and written communication
skills in English are expected. Knowledge of German and/or French will
be considered an advantage.

The Department of Geosciences offers an interdisciplinary, international
work environment within the bilingual (German/French) University of
Fribourg, Switzerland, situated close to the Fribourg Prealps and the
nearby lakes of the Dreiseenland. Our geography unit has a strong,
internationally recognized expertise in the monitoring and modelling of
physical processes of the Alpine cryosphere with a focus on climate
change impacts and adaptations, including the human dimension.

Please send your application including cover letter, statement of
research interest, CV, relevant diploma(s), an example of your own
scientific writing (if available) and the names and contact details of
2-3 potential references in one pdf-file to Nadine Salzmann
( Review of applications will begin on
November 12, 2015, and continue until the position is filled (after
November 30, 2015, please check on
whether the position is still open).

For questions please contact Dr. Nadine Salzmann

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