MeteoSwiss (http://www.meteoswiss.ch) in
collaboration with the research group “Climate and Water Cycle''
led by Prof. Christoph Schär (http://www.iac.ethz.ch/groups/schaer)
at ETH Zürich is offering a PhD position on land-surface model
The land surface influences the state of the overlying atmosphere
considerably and thus plays a major role for weather and climate.
The partitioning of the surface energy balance and the vertical
transport of soil water are currently treated in a very crude way
in many atmospheric models. This potentially leads to large biases
in near-surface quantities. The aim of the PhD is to evaluate and
improve the land-surface model TERRA_ML coupled to COSMO, to be
used for operational numerical weather predictions at MeteoSwiss
and for regional climate modeling at ETH Zürich. The targeted work
includes evaluation of recent developments within TERRA_ML, own
model development, simulations, statistical analysis,
interpretation of results, and publication of results in
peer-reviewed journals. The position will be jointly supervised by
MeteoSwiss and ETH Zürich. You will find yourself in an
experienced research team, have access to high-performance
computing systems, and will be linked to ongoing international and
We are looking for an independent, result-oriented person.
Requirements include: an education in atmospheric or climate
sciences, hydrology or a related discipline (e.g. environmental
sciences, physics, computational sciences), experience in
programming (e.g. Fortran, Python, possibly OpenACC), a solid
background in mathematics and ideally in data analysis, proficient
writing skills in English, and good communication skills.
We offer an attractive environment both at a leading climate
research institute and an operational weather forecast provider,
an excellent infrastructure, interesting activities in a young and
ambitious research team, and a friendly working atmosphere. The
ideal starting date for the position is May or June 2017. The
position is for a period of three years. For further information,
please contact Dr. Linda Schlemmer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Dr. Oliver Fuhrer (email@example.com).
Please submit your application online at:
including a cover letter explaining your motivation, a CV,
transcripts of academic records, names and contact details of two
references (as PDF files) with attention to ETH Zurich, Mr Olivier
Meyrat, Human Resources. The evaluation of applications will start
on April 18 and proceed until the position is filled.
Dr. Linda Schlemmer
Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science
CH-8092 Zurich (Switzerland)
Phone : +41 / 44 632 33 64
Fax : +41 / 44 632 13 11