High Mountain Glaciers and Hydrology (HIMAL), Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.

The recently established High Mountain Glaciers and Hydrology (HIMAL) studies high elevation cryospheric processes and water resources in extreme high mountain regions of the world. It is now looking for a PhD student in High Mountain Glacio-Hydrology.

You will study snow processes in several mountainous catchments across High Mountain Asia representing a range of climatic conditions, focusing on characterizing high altitude processes of accumulation and redistribution, and the importance of snow for catchment discharge. The project will require analysis of available field and remote sensing data, assessment of key understudied processes, and application of a process-oriented energy balance model with improved snow parameterizations at point and catchment scales, enabling improved representation in future simulations.

The project is in collaboration with numerous partners in Asia and Europe (including ITP-CAS, Utrecht Uni., Uni. Gothenburg, Nagoya Uni., Uni. St Andrews) and as such you will be working in a highly international team. As a PhD student your main place of work will be the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf.

You hold a Master degree with a solid expert knowledge in physical hydrology, environmental engineering, (geo-) physics, atmospheric sciences, or a related field. Previous experience in computer modelling and scripting languages (e.g., Python, IDL, Matlab, R) are indispensable. The capability to develop new ideas independently is necessary, as are good English skills (both written and oral). Experience in high-alpine environments is desirable. You are a curious, self-reliant person who also likes to collaboratively work as part of a multi-institution team.

Please send your complete application to Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through the WSL webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Francesca Pellicciotti, phone +41 (0)44 739 25 04, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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