PhD position “Debris Flow Modelling” available at SLF Davos, Switzerland
WSL Institute for
Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche
Research SLF is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and
Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable
use and protection of landscapes and habitats, and a responsible approach to
natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 500 people, of whom 140 work at SLF
The Research Unit Snow Avalanches
and Prevention investigates the formation and dynamics of avalanches, develops
warning systems for Alpine natural hazards, and issues the Swiss avalanche
bulletin. Forthe research programme „Climate Change Impacts on Alpine
Mass Movements“, our research group RAMMS
is looking for a
Student “Debris Flow Modelling”
You will develop a debris flow model to
simulate the motion of water-saturated particle flows from initiation to runout.
To this end, you will study how debris flows entrain particle sediments and how
these sediments are mobilized by varying amounts of precipitation. On the basis
of these investigations you will use case studies and climate scenarios to
quantify the future risk of debris flow inundation. You will publish your results in scientific
journals and present them at international conferences.
hold a Master’s degree in Fluid dynamics, Geomechanics or Physics and have
strong programming skills (C++). You are highly interested in alpine natural hazards
and are familiar with geomorphological processes. A good command of English is
important and knowledge of at least one national language is a benefit. Finally you operate independently, in a structured as well as
efficient way and you like working within an interdisciplinary and practice
oriented research environment.
Please send your complete application to Jasmine
Zimmermann, Human Resources WSL/SLF: Perry Bartelt, phone +41 (0)81417 02 51,
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.