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[Met-jobs] PhD in experimental tundra energy fluxes

From "Gabriela Schaepman-Strub" <>
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Date Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:18:38 +0200

4yrs PhD position at University of Zurich, Switzerland


Tundra in the Rain – Energy Fluxes under Future Summer Precipitation


Project description


Substantial warming and an increase in precipitation are predicted for the Arctic in the 21st century. Such climatological changes impact the energy, water, and carbon cycle of the Arctic terrestrial system. A tight coupling of these three cycles exists through the short- and longwave radiation absorption and the partitioning into sensible, latent, and ground heat flux. This PhD project will address the question of how summer precipitation change will affect the surface energy budget in the tundra and its coupling to other components of the system. Results will contribute to a better prediction of land surface feedbacks in the Arctic system.

Following a mechanistic approach, we will perform detailed radiative and turbulent flux measurements in a precipitation addition and drought experiment, complemented by mechanistic modelling of energy fluxes. The experiment will be located in the northeast Siberian tundra ( ), a severely underrepresented Arctic region with respect to experiments and observations.


Framework and required skills


The position requires tuning of micrometeorological instrumentation and measurements to the experimental setup in the tundra. Candidates must be prepared to spend several weeks each summer under simple living conditions at our station in the Siberian tundra, running field experiments and handling instruments. The PhD work further involves parameterization of a mechanistic model to simulate energy fluxes of the tundra system. The ideal applicant will have a strong background in natural sciences, and a master’s degree in micrometeorology, climate sciences, environmental sciences, or a closely related field.


PhD conditions


The project is fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a duration of up to 4 years, ideally starting after 1 September 2018. The applicant will enroll in a graduate school at the University of Zurich, be a member of the research group on Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing, under supervision of Dr. G. Schaepman-Strub (


Application deadline and further information

Please send your application as one single pdf-file (including application letter, CV, transcript of grades of MSc, names and contact details of two referees) to no later than August 12, 2018. For questions contact (formal requirements) or (content-related questions, but expect severe delay in response due to field work!).




Gabriela Schaepman-Strub

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, phone +41 44 635 48 06,


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