PhD student in Urban Rainfall

University of Lausanne

Lausanne, , CH


UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 15,500 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.


To complete the team, the Institute of earth surface dynamics of the Faculty of geosciences and environment opens a position of PhD student in Urban Rainfall.

Job information

Expected start date in position : 01.08.2021

Contract length : 1 year, renewable 1 x 3 years, maximum 4 years

Activity rate : 100%

Workplace : Lausanne Mouline (Géopolis)

Your responsibilities

The PhD thesis will be part of the project “Rainfall and Floods in Future Cities“, founded by the SNSF Eccellenza. The overarching goal of the project is to improve the knowledge of how the magnitude and occurrence of floods will change in future cities following the changes that are foreseen to extreme rainfall events and intensities.

In particular, for this position the candidate will focus on analyzing the space-time rainfall variability in urban environments using remote-sensing devices and ground sensors, and on understanding the urban climate processes that affect extreme rainfall.

Your qualifications

The chosen candidate will have a master’s degree in atmospheric sciences / climate dynamics / environmental sciences / geosciences / physical geography / hydrometeorology or a related domain.

A requirement for this position is a good base in atmospheric processes and programmin (e.g. Matlab/Python), demonstrated through academic work (e.g. M.Sc. thesis and/or peer-reviewed publications). Experience in handling large databases and knowledge in statistics or spatial analysis are advantages.

Excellent skills in written and oral English are required. Knowledge of French language is preferable but not necessary.

What the position offers you

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

Contact for further information



Nadav Peleg

[email protected]

Your application

Deadline : 15.03.2021
Application should imperatively comprise all of the following and be sent in Word of PDF :

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of university degrees certificates and transcripts of marks awarded
  • An electronic version of research outputs (MSc diploma thesis, research report, proceedings paper or other scientific publication)

Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

We thank you for your understanding.

Additional information

UNIL is committed to equal opportunities and diversity.

UNIL supports early career researchers.





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