[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position on land-surface model development

Linda Schlemmer linda.schlemmer at env.ethz.ch
Fri Mar 31 08:03:56 MDT 2017

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 development.

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 national 

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 

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 
(linda.schlemmer at env.ethz.ch) or Dr. Oliver Fuhrer 
(oliver.fuhrer at meteoswiss.ch).

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.

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