PhD position on the regionalisation of global glacier mass changes, University of Zurich, Switzerland
We are seeking a PhD candidate for a three-year position at the World
Glacier Monitoring Service (www.wgms.ch), hosted at the Department of
Geography of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. 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. The
announced position is for 3 years. The preferred starting date is
January, 2020. The PhD will be enrolled with the Zurich Graduate School
in Geography (www.geo.uzh.ch/en/graduate-school/about/). Employment and
payment will follow the standards according to the Swiss National
Science Foundation and the University of Zurich.
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.
Deadline for applications: 30th September 2019. Candidate interviews
will be performed in October 2019. The position remains open until it is
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.