WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland.

The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and focuses on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards. The new “Climate Change, Extremes, and Natural Hazards in Alpine Regions Research Center – CERC,” established as part of the SLF in Davos, is seeking the following four positions to begin 1 July 2021.

Group leader Remote Sensing, Early Detection and Warning (80-100%)

In this tenure track position you will have the opportunity to establish and lead an interdisciplinary research group at the SLF. You will initiate research and implementation projects to develop new and innovative technologies and methods for the collection, analysis and interpretation of remote sensing data from satellite, aircraft, drone and terrestrially supported active and passive systems. Together with your team, you develop applications for the timely detection of natural hazards. In addition, you will develop methods for analysing raw data from existing platforms. You will raise the necessary third-party funds for the realisation of the projects. You will publish the results of your work in international ISI journals and present them at international and national conferences. In addition, you will process your results in a user-friendly manner and put them into practice.

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Research Scientist Risk Management (80-100%)

With climate warming, changes in the frequency and extent of alpine mass movements are expected, which, together with socio-economically induced changes in exposed values, will have an impact on the size and distribution of natural hazard risks. In this tenure track position, you will develop new methods and instruments that can be used by practitioners in a solution-oriented manner to deal with these changes. To this end, you will initiate innovative, interdisciplinary and forward-looking projects and also acquire the necessary third-party funding. You will publish the results of your work in international ISI journals and present them at international and national conferences. In addition, you will process your results in a user-friendly manner and transfer them into practice.

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Geotechnical engineer / Geophysicist (80-100%)

For this tenure track position, you will work in the field of mountain permafrost research, measuring and modelling the effects of water and ice on deep-seated slope deformation in rock masses and in ice-rich sediments. You will organize innovative experiments, test new data acquisition methods and apply numerical modelling techniques. You are expected to acquire funding for interdisciplinary research and practice-oriented tasks, and to lead these projects. Collaborating with national and international research partners, you will publish important research results in international scientific journals. In addition, you will provide expert advice and support in implementation for practitioners. Your activities will include the supervision of students and outreach.

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Research scientist in Disturbance Ecology and Management of Mountain Forests (80-100%) 

Changes of mountain forests in response to climate, natural disturbances and other drivers may drastically affect their ability to protect from gravitative natural hazards. In this tenure-track position, you will develop innovative research projects and seek third-party funding related to natural disturbances and management of mountain forest- and treeline ecosystems. You carry out research projects independently as well as in collaboration with other WSL-staff, supervise students, publish in international as well journals and present them at conferences. In addition, you will process your results in a user-friendly manner and put them into practice.

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