Department of Geography, WGMS

PhD position on the regionalisation of global glacier mass changes
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We are seeking a PhD candidate for a three-year position at the World Glacier Monitoring Service, hosted at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Your responsibilities

The PhD engages in the "glacier work package" of the project Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product (G3P). This project is funded through the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. It aims at developing a product of groundwater storage variations with global coverage and monthly resolution by a cross-cutting combination of satellite gravity data with independent water storage observations such as related to snow, soil moisture, lakes, and glaciers.
The overarching goal of the PhD project is to compile and analyse global glacier mass changes at improved regional and temporal scales from glaciological and geodetic (i.e., DEM differencing) observations.

Your profile

The successful applicant has strong analytical skills and a Master's degree in mathematics, physics, geo-sciences, or related fields. She or he has a sound training in the field of glaciology and adds experiences in statistics, geographic information science, database management, and programming.
Excellent written and spoken English is a basic requirement; speaking also German, the general language at the Department, is an asset but not a requirement. Good skills in communication and mountaineering are welcome.

What we offer

The announced position is for 3 years. The PhD will be enrolled with the Zurich Graduate School in Geography. Employment and payment will follow the standards according to the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Zurich.

Place of work

Irchel Campus, Zurich

Start of employment

The preferred starting date is January, 2020.
Deadline for applications: 30th September 2019. Candidate interview will be performed in October 2019. The position remains open until it is filled.

The application should consist of a single PDF-file including letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, research experience and interests, two reference letters, and full contact details of the applicant.

Further information

Questions and applications shall be sent to:

Michael Zemp, Director WGMS