[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position: Environmental impact of pumped storage on lakes at Eawag, Switzerland.

Chrysanthi Tsimitri tsimitri at gmail.com
Thu Feb 20 03:46:49 MST 2014

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a
and internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH
domain (Swiss
Federal Institute of Science and Technology). It is committed to the
ecologically, economically
and socially responsible management of water resources and aquatic

The Department of Surface Waters Research and Management (Surf) has a
vacancy for a

PhD position: Environmental impact of pumped storage on lakes

Pumped-storage hydropower plants are considered to be an important
stabilizing factor in
the future Swiss energy grid following the energy strategy 2050 of the
Swiss government,
where a large part of the electrical energy is expected to be supplied from
intermittent new
renewable sources. This PhD project is part of the environmental impact
assessment for
the extension of an existing pumped-storage power plant in Switzerland. The
extension is
expected to significantly increase the water exchange between the two
connected lakes.
The aim of the study is to assess the effects of different pumped-storage
scenarios on temperature,
stratification, particle dynamics, nutrients, and other relevant processes
in the two
connected lakes. The study includes field and lab work and numerical
modelling. The detailed
project plan will be elaborated in collaboration with the owner of the
hydropower plant
and the cantonal agencies.

The prospective candidate should hold a master degree in environmental
engineering or
environmental sciences with a strong background in mathematics/physics; a
good command
of English in speaking and writing is required and knowledge of German is
for the communication with stakeholders.

The start date of this position is negotiable and the duration is limited
to a maximum of 4
years. The work place is in Kastanienbaum, Lucerne, Switzerland. For any
further information,
please contact Dr Martin Schmid; E-mail: martin.schmid at eawag.ch, Phone: +41
765 21 93 (no applications).

All applications arriving before 31 March 2014 will be considered for a
first round of interviews.
Afterwards, the position will remain open until filled.

Applications should include a motivation letter, CV, and the names of at
least two referees.
We look forward to receive your application through this webpage, any other
way of applying
will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you
directly to the
application form.

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