50% PostDoc position available within permafrost related TEMPS project (Switzerland)

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50% PostDoc position available within permafrost related TEMPS project (Switzerland)

HAUCK Christian
50% PostDoc position available (3 years) within the TEMPS project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

A 50% Postdoctoral position is available in the context of the SNF Sinergia Project TEMPS «The Evolution of Mountain Permafrost in Switzerland» for a period of three years.

The TEMPS project combines a large multi-disciplinary team of scientists from most of the institutes currently involved in permafrost research in Switzerland. The combination of sophisticated observation data sets from numerous mountain permafrost monitoring sites with state-of-the-art (regional climate) model data is the core of the project. The main field data are available from the Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network. The postdoctoral position focuses on the processing and management of the project data sets. The work includes the development of strategies to process, quality check, homogenize and archive large quantities of climate and permafrost related data from a variety of sources and methods. The overall aim is then the time series analysis and the development of statistical methods for the identification of the dominant atmospheric, surface and subsurface processes which govern the temporal and site-specific evolution of mountain permafrost in Switzerland.

The successful candidate will closely collaborate with the PERMOS Office and all TEMPS partners (Universities of Fribourg, Lausanne & Zürich, ETH Zürich, WSL-SLF Davos).
Furthermore, the Postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for the archiving within an existing data base and the establishment of a web-based data portal. This service is a substantial basis for the fruitful collaboration within TEMPS.


PhD in geosciences, meteorology/climate sciences, glaciology or related field, experience in permafrost research is an asset but not a requirement • significant experience in the processing and homogenization of field data and time series from environmental monitoring • scientific computing skills, including programming (e.g., R, Matlab), data base maintenance (e.g., MySQL, PhP, Oracle), and web applications • communication skills in English • interest in climate and high mountain studies, field measurements and modelling • motivation to work within a multi-disciplinary team with a high degree of collaboration.

Place of work:

One of the institutes participating in TEMPS (see above), preferably the institute of the PERMOS Office.

Work and contract duration:  

50% Postdoctoral position for maximum three years, starting as soon as possible. Organizational details will be discussed with the successful candidate.


Prof. Christian Hauck, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, +41 26 300 9011 ([hidden email]) • Dr. Jeannette Nötzli, PERMOS Office, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, +41 44 635 5224 ([hidden email])

Please send your application (including letter of interest, CV, publication list, copies of academic certificates etc.) until 31. December 2011 to: Prof. Christian Hauck, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 4, CH–1700 Fribourg, Switzerland.

Christian Hauck
Alpine Cryosphere & Geomorphology (ACAG)
Department of Geosciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 4
1700 Fribourg
phone: +41-26-3009011
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