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Faculty of Science, School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD to commence in October 2023. The work on this project could involve: Using a combination of satellite datasets (e.g. MODIS) and primary field datasets to examine the variation in temperature trends in mountainous regions and at high elevations on a global scale; Developing new methods of calibrating satellite datasets in mountain regions against real world primary air temperature data collected by the supervisory team; Understanding the various physical drivers which control the patterns of mountain warming, through comparing the reconstructed satellite temperature trends with estimates of changes in land cover (e.g. deforestation, reduction in snow and ice cover, urbanisation, greening and/or browning); Communicating important findings concerning climate change in mountains with a diverse range of stakeholders using both traditional and new/innovative ways of research dissemination.

Application deadline: 3 April 2023

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Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

The fellowship has a four-year duration and will be devoted to research education at the intersection of data science and cryospheric sciences. The PhD project is in particular investigating possibilities to use data science approaches for quantifying mountain permafrost and its hydrological significance under climate change, based on a combination of data science with remote sensing, numerical modelling and field experiments.

Application deadline: 15 March 2023

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Institute for Earth Observation, EURAC Research, Bolzano, Italy

The Climate and Disaster Risk group at Eurac Research is working on methods and tools for climate risk assessments in the context of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. In this context we are looking for a motivated junior researcher to support us in an international project aiming to improve the mainstreaming/standardisation of tools for climate- and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The aim of the activities is to advance research on the conceptualization of potential risk pathways within complex, multi-hazard and cascaded events related to natural hazards.

Application deadline: 15 February 2023. 

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Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Frankfurt am Main, Germany

We are seeking a data curator (m/f/d) to manage the database of an interdisciplinary DFG research unit “Kilimanjaro Social Ecological System (Kili-SES)”. In this project, which extends that of the previous KiLi research unit, natural and social scientists are working together to investigate the interactions and inter-dependencies between people and nature at Mount Kilimanjaro under land-use, climate, and governance change. The successful applicant will establish and manage the project database, set and maintain data standards within the project, and aid researchers across the project in locating, processing and publishing data.

Position open until filled. 

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Center for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM) at ETH Zürich and the Federal Institute of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Zürich, Switzerland 

As a scientific collaborator, you contribute to the improvement of the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) forecasts based on ICON. Your main responsibility will be the improvement of the existing forecasting system at 1000 m grid spacing for operational weather forecasting as well as of the experimental forecasts at 500 m grid spacing. Additionally, you will also work on case studies related to Intensive Observation Periods of the international research collaboration TEAMx.

Position open until filled. 

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Center for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM) at ETH Zürich and the Federal Institute of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Zürich, Switzerland 

As a scientific collaborator, you contribute to the improvement of the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) forecasts based on ICON, particularly its ensemble data assimilation system (KENDA). Your main responsibility will be the improvement of the existing data assimilation system at 1000 m grid spacing for operational weather forecasting. Additionally, you will contribute to the preparation and support of the data assimilation system at 500 m grid spacing for two international research collaborations: the GLORI-A Digital Twin project as well as the experimental NWP forecast support for the TEAMx Observational Campaign.

Position open until filled. 

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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Davos, Switzerland

The WSL research units ‘Snow Avalanches and Prevention’ and ‘Alpine Environment and Natural Hazards’ are looking within the context of the Joint Initiative SPEED2ZERO of the ETH Domain Institutions covering “Energy, Climate and Environmental Sustainability” for a PostDoc in “Risk Assessment of Energy Infrastructure in the Alps”. You will analyze the risk to planned future renewable energy infrastructure in the Swiss Alps due to gravitational mass movements, considering climate change and changing alpine ecosystems and forest structures. 

Position open until filled. 

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Physical Geography Research Group, School of Geography Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

We are looking for Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a 4-year long Natural Environment Research Council funded project: Deplete and Retreat: the future of Andean Water Towers. This is an exciting opportunity for a glaciologist and remote sensor to advance their research experience and career development, working with and being mentored by leading researchers across glaciology, hydrology and climate change. You will be given scope to shape key aspects of research design as part of a talented team working together on this new interdisciplinary research project.

Application deadline: 9 February 2023.

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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

The position is financed by EU and connected to the research project RangeX (Mechanisms underlying the success and impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of range-expanding species under climate change) funded by the BiodivERsA COFUND Call on "Biodiversity and Climate Change”. RangeX seeks to better understand the processes and impacts of plants that are expanding their ranges following climate warming, and to use this knowledge to inform the development of policy regarding range-expanding plant species.

Application deadline: 9 February 2023.

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Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth System Sciences, Institute for Geography, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

The project aims to understand the effects of climate change on treeline environments in the Nepal Himalaya, focusing on spatial and temporal differences between krummholz and non-krummholz treelines in response to climate change. The candidate will be responsible for Work Package 1 ‘Treeline Vegetation Analysis’ of TREELINE-II. Within this work package, field-based methods related to quantitative plant ecology, vegetation science, and dendroecology will be combined with remote sensing applications in order to detect treeline dynamics. The candidate will examine sensitivity indicators such as seedling establishment, recruitment patterns, and tree demography, and changing ecotone spatial patterns as indicated by krummholz front-edge stand densification or disintegration.

Application deadline: 31 January 2023

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River Ecosystems Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Viruses are important modulators of microbial diversity and activity in many ecosystems, yet, little is known about the role of viruses in biofilms. Biofilms are densely packed and spatially structured communities of microorganisms attached to surfaces in aquatic ecosystems. In streams and rivers, biofilm communities undergo important successional dynamics and the aim of this project is to shed first light on the interaction between viruses and biofilm-dwelling microbes during community succession. In this PhD project you will combine field work with state-of-the-art viromics to shed new light on viral and host community dynamics in alpine stream biofilms.

Application deadline: 20 February 2023.

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Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, University of Wyoming, USA

The Mountain Hydrology Research group at the University of Wyoming is looking for a Ph.D. student to start in Summer or Fall of 2023. The successful applicant will be a research assistant for a NASA-funded project to conduct a feasibility analyses of L-Band InSAR to produce global snow water equivalent products. This project has excellent opportunities to collaborate within the NASA SnowEx community.

Position open until filled. 

Juneau Icefield Research Program, University of Maine and the University of Alaska Southeast, USA

Similar to many research universities, the JIRP uses the broad title “faculty” to describe two different roles within the JIRP Expedition: Teaching Faculty and Research Faculty. Both groups of faculty work on the Icefield, interact with JIRP students, and do research, but they have different foci and different expectations from a programmatic perspective

Application deadline for priority consideration: 5 February 2023

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Inspiring Girls* Expeditions, Europe and North America

Inspiring Girls* Expeditions is seeking applications for instructors and coordinators for the summer 2023 excursions. Open positions are located in Europe (Switzerland/Austria) and North America (Canada/Alaska). 

Each summer, Inspiring Girls* Expeditions leads tuition-free multi-day expeditions for high school girls that interweave science, art, and backcountry travel. The expeditions are led by professional women scientists, artists, and wilderness guides. Throughout each expedition, the team engages in scientific and artistic inquiry about the environment around them. In small groups, participants design and conduct scientific projects, which they present to the public on the last full day of their expeditions.

Deadline depends on position.

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University of Dayton, Dayton, USA

This is an open position with primary background and interest in utilizing remote sensing data such as commercial smallsat (e.g., Maxar, ICEYE, etc), radar (e.g., Sentinel-1, ISRO-ASAR, etc.) and ICESat in conjunction with machine/deep learning. Such a background can be applied to one of these aspects of mountain geomorphology: glacier surface processes, glacier lake outburst flood, landslide, landslide-blocked rivers, mountain hydrology, debris flow, mountain landscape evolution, and/or cascading hazard process chain. The appointment will be for 1 year, with continuation pending funding and progress.

Position open until filled. 

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Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, USA

The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado-Boulder is seeking a highly qualified postdoctoral associate to assess, improve, and use in research and along with applications partners, remotely sensed snow cover and snow albedo from physically based spectral mixture models. The candidate will work with the Snow Hydrology Group at INSTAAR and the Snow Today team at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) that are comprised of scientists, programmers, operations specialists, and communications specialists. This is a one-year, full-time with the possibility for extension for an additional year.

Review of applications: begins February 1 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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Hydrogeology Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The topic of this three-year postdoc project is the development of resilient water management strategies for tectonically active, intensely used volcanic watersheds via integrated hydrological modelling and online tracer & seismic monitoring. The successful candidate will focus on the geological and hydrogeological model development and on climate and water use change projections of the Mt. Fuji volcanic aquifer system. The postdoc position will be funded for three years, 70% employment level, starting in March 2023.

The review of applications will start immediately.

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National Park Gesäuse, Admont, Austria

The Gesäuse National Park seeks two motivated Ph.D. students to restore Lake Sulzkarsee. One Ph.D. student will focus on vertebrates studying the decline of alien fish and the recovery of amphibian populations while the other Ph.D. student will focus on cascading effects on makrozoobenthos, zoo- and phytoplankton and water chemistry.

Duration: 2023 2026, extension for a 5th year potentially possible
Start date: 1
April 2023

Review of applications will begin on 28 February 2023 until positions are filled.

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ICEBIO Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network, Europe

ICEBIO's mission is to train 11 predoctoral researchers in glacier microbiology and biogeochemistry. The 11 open doctoral positions include:

  • DC1: The ecological role of bioaerosols on glacial habitats (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • DC2: Microbial inputs to glaciers via snow deposition and their microbial selection processes at glacier surfaces (Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France)
  • DC3: Fluxes and flows of microbial biomass and carbon through surface glacial habitats (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • DC4: Metatranscriptomics distribution within the glacier bio (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • DC5: Metabolic pathways in surface and subglacial habitats (German Research Center for Geosciences, Germany)
  • DC6: Glacial flour, grinding and nutrient release (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • DC7: Development of in situ ammonia and phosphate sensors for biogeochemical analyses of glacial meltwaters (German Research Center for Geosciences)
  • DC8: Glacial Flour Power – understanding the controls, fate and impacts of sedimentbound nutrients exported from glaciers (The Arctic University of Norway)
  • DC9: Molecular and community response to glacial flour and impact on N-cycling (Hydreka, France)
  • DC10: Pathogens in glacial environments of the European Alps (Dr. Brill + partner GmbH, Germany)
  • DC11: Unravelling impacts of glacier dynamics on the microbial life in glacier-fed streams of the Pamir (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland)

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College of Science & Engineering/School of GeoSciences/Global Change Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The appointee will contribute high quality teaching, mainly to the BSc (Hons) Geography degree programmes and pursue excellent hydrological science research in the School of GeoSciences. The role will involve course design, delivery, assessment and organisation, practical-based and field-based teaching, pastoral care, and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. The appointee will also pursue excellent research, engage in knowledge exchange, and contribute to Institute and School citizenship and administration.

Interviews start on 13 February 2023. 

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Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, USA

We are looking for outstanding PhD and Postdoctoral Scholars to join us at the University of Utah in the Department of Geology and Geophysics to work on various projects related to glaciers, geomorphology, and climate change. Students and Postdocs would work with various field (geophysical, glaciological, and geomorphological), lab (cosmogenic radionuclides, geochemistry, rock mechanics), and numerical modeling techniques. 

Application deadline PhD: 15 January 2023.
Application deadlines Postdoc: 6 January 2023, 15 January 2023, or 1 February 2023. 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) invite applications for the position of Director of the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office (IPO). 

Position open until filled. 

The Universities of Fribourg (UniFr), Lausanne (UNIL) and Zurich (UZH), and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF), Switzerland

RoDynAlpS is a 4-year project, starting in spring 2023. The RoDynAlpS project is the first comprehensive and consistent study of past, present and regional evolution of rock glaciers in Switzerland. Through the combination of local and region-wide remote sensing analyses, integrative field-based studies and detailed numerical modelling, the project will provide a complete framework for understanding the dynamics of rock glaciers in the context of climate change. Four research positions are open for the entire
duration of the project (3 PhDs and 1 post-doc) and distributed amongst the partner institutions: 

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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Davos, Switzerland

Are you a bachelor's/master’s student interested in mountains, forests, management, disturbances, droughts, and protective forests? The WSL is offering these two master theses for Summer 2023:

  • Early detection and management of bark beetle infestations in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland
  • Thinning and impact of drought in mountain forests: what are the trade-offs with forest ecosystem services?

For questions and further information please contact Alessandra Bottero (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG),  ETH Zürich and WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland 

In this thesis, you will work with a coupled CFD-DEM model to investigate entrainment mechanisms in alpine mass movements. One important objective will be to decipher the influence of the saturation degree of the bed material on entrainment rates and ultimately on the flow mobility. Results will be implemented in a depth-averaged model evaluated based on the simulation of documented events. You will publish your results in scientific journals, present them at international conferences and contribute to teaching at ETH Zurich.

Position open until filled.

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Sea Level, Ice, and Climate Research Cluster, Durham University, UK

This project is suitable for students who have studied subjects such as Geography or Environmental Science, and the successful applicant will gain a broad interdisciplinary skillset, including training in geochemical analytical techniques, glacier field research, engaging with stakeholders to communicate and understand risk, and in the application of existing computer models. The student will be supported in the development of transferable skills, fostering professional development and employability post-PhD. The student will present their research nationally and internationally and will be encouraged to drive the direction of their research throughout the project, contributing to their development as an independent researcher.

Position open until filled.

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School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

 The School of Earth Sciences (SES) and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at the Ohio State University seek a scientist who is accomplished in advanced data analytical approaches to integrate ice core records with palaeoclimatological, historical and/or modern, interdisciplinary observations, such as satellite data. The successful hire will be expected to assist and, in time, potentially lead in long-term stewardship of the ice core collection. As a faculty member in SES, the candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses related to their field of expertise. Remote field experience and demonstrated ability to collaborate nationally and internationally are desirable. 

Review of applications will begin on 13 January 2022.

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Catchment Hydrology and Geomorphology Lab, EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne),  Sion, Switzerland

The Catchment Hydrology and Geomorphology Lab (CHANGE) led by Prof. Sara Bonetti at EPFL in Sion is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of ecohydrology and/or geomorphology. CHANGE is a new EPFL laboratory (opening in Sept. 2022) which will seek to improve current understanding and forecasting capabilities of multiple catchment processes both in natural and managed ecosystems.

Position open until filled.

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor (2 positions on Fixed Term, Full-Time Faculty Contracts), Communications and Media Programme, University of Central Asia, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

The University of Central Asia seeks to fill two Full-Time Faculty positions in the Communications and Media programme at UCA’s campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. In your role as faculty member, you will be contributing to the development and implementation of a new Communications and Media curriculum at the Bachelor Level that has been designed in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney in Australia and individual course developers.

Positions open until filled.

 Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab, University of Victoria, Canada

Funded MSc Opportunity. The Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Victoria is seeking an MSc student to lead a project on community-based monitoring of landscape change. This MSc project focusses on developing a protocol that will enable individuals such as park rangers, highway inspectors, hunters, and utility maintenance crews to record observations of anomalous conditions

Application review starts on 15 July 2022. Submissions will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

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