Research position in experimental avalanche dynamics - BFW Innsbruck, Austria

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Research position in experimental avalanche dynamics - BFW Innsbruck, Austria

JT Fischer
Dear Cryolist members,

We are looking to appoint a position in experimental avalanche/fluid
dynamics research.

The Department of Natural Hazards in Innsbruck is part of the Austrian
Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and
Landscape (BFW). 276 staff members, 30 of them in Innsbruck, are
committed to contributing to the sustainable use of landscape and to
protect human lives and property against alpine natural hazards. In the
Snow and Avalanche division, we investigate the behavior of the snow
cover and the dynamics of avalanches on different scales. We are
looking to appoint a:

Research Fellow in measurement technology of snow avalanche dynamics

Your duties will include design and supervision of avalanche dynamics
experiments on full-scale avalanche experimental field sites, on the
small scale and in the laboratory. In this framework, you will
substantially contribute to: i) analysis of data recorded by advanced
measurement techniques; ii) validation and calibration of mathematical
avalanche models with respect to recent experimental results.
Your profile: University degree in technical or experimental
physics/engineering sciences or a related field of environmental
sciences. Essential skills are: Profound knowledge of mechanics,
statics, dynamics and technical design; high programming proficiency
for collecting and analyzing complex experimental data; experience in
designing and running experimental set-ups. Desirable skills include:
Knowledge on fluid and continuum mechanics, as well as mathematical
modeling, which allow transferring process knowledge of avalanches to
other types of mass movements. You have good language skills in written
and spoken English. German language skills are desirable (at least the
readiness to acquire them). You are a team player, you are flexible and
you are ready to initiate and to work within international
collaborations, including project acquisition and management. Last, but
not least, you enjoy working outdoors and are capable of safely
navigating winterly alpine environment.

We offer a challenging position in a stimulating environment and the
opportunity to develop your research career in the small and
fascinating field of avalanche research. Fixed term appointment for 2
years. Salary starting from € 2.706,- (full-time, labour grading v
1/1), according to the Austrian Contractual Employee Act
(‘Vertragsbedienstetengesetz’). If you are interested in the position,
please send your application documents by 15.09.2017 to BFW Institute
for Natural Hazards, Hofburg – Rennweg 1, A-6020 Innsbruck, or by
email: [hidden email]. For additional information, please
feel free to contact Dr. Jan-Thomas Fischer or Mag. Reinhard Fromm
(tel. +43 512 573 933 5102 / 5104, email
[hidden email] / [hidden email]).

best regards,

Jan-Thomas Fischer

Dr. Jan-Thomas Fischer
Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW)
Department of Natural Hazards
Unit of Snow and Avalanche

Hofburg | Rennweg 1 | 6020 Innsbruck | Austria
Phone +43 (0)512 573933-5102
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