PhD position “Risk assessment of gravitational natural hazards" available at SLF Davos, Switzerland

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PhD position “Risk assessment of gravitational natural hazards" 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 part 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 in Davos.


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. For the research programme „Climate Change Impacts on Alpine Mass Movements“, our research group Avalanche Dynamics and Risk Management is looking for a


PhD Student “Risk assessment of gravitational natural hazards”


You will develop a method and a tool for hazard and risk assessment considering assumptions of climate change impacts and socio-economic development in the mountain regions of Switzerland. Additionally, you will model hazards, calculate single and multi-hazard risks accounting for various scenarios and develop an interactive GIS-Tool for risk assessment. You will publish your results in scientific journals and present them at international conferences.


You have a master degree in Environmental Sciences or Geosciences and knowledge in assessing and modelling gravitational, alpine natural hazards by using GIS, programming languages (R and/or Python) and statistics. You have good oral and written communication skills in English and German. You are well organized, operate independently, and in a structured and efficient way. Furthermore, you like to work in a team as well as within an interdisciplinary and practice oriented research environment and are keen to transfer your research into practice.


Please send your complete application to Jasmine Zimmermann, Human Resources WSL/SLF. Michael Bründl, phone +41 (0)81 417 01 72, 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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