PhD student in Soil Hydrology

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL
Birmensdorf, Switzerland
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Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The Research Unit Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry studies the impact of environmental changes on biogeochemical cycles. Within an SNF-project the Group Biogeochemistry is looking for a PhD student in Soil Hydrology

You will model the water fluxes in Swiss forests with physically based soil water models. The signature of stable water isotopes will be used to track the water movement within the soil and from the soil into the plant. You will regionalise the applied methods using remote sensing data to assess forest vulnerability to drought.
You have a master degree in hydrology, environmental science, soil science or in an equivalent field.

Furthermore, you have experience in the application of hydrological models and geographic information systems. In your work, you employ a rigorous scientific approach and are highly motivated to analyze data with sophisticated statistical methods. Good communication and organization skills and a good command of English are fundamental. You are a creative person enjoying work in an international team.

Please send your complete application to Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Dr. Katrin Meusburger, phone +41 (0)44 739 24 90, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf