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Open doctoral position in glacio-hydrological modelling
Zurich, Switzerland
ETH Zurich
  • Graduate Position

In the frame of our project “21st century evolution of small glaciers and their impact on regional hydrology in the Himalayas”, we are looking for a doctoral student to join our team for the next three to four years. The project is a large Indo-Swiss collaboration by researchers of VAW-ETH, the Hydrology Group of the University of Berne, Switzerland, the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, and the Indian
National Centre of Polar and Ocean Research.

In the part of the project linked to this doctorate, the goal is to gain a better understanding of the physical processes that drive the evolution of small Himalayan glaciers at the local scale, and to use the gained understanding to project the evolution of the glacier in the region. To this end, detailed monitoring data stemming from both in-situ and remote sensing observations acquired by the Indian project partners will be used in combination with climate data to inform numerical models that simulate past and future glacier changes. Your task will be to further develop such numerical models, to assess their robustness and skill, to apply them under consideration of the latest climate scenarios, and to use them to quantify future glacier changes and the related shifts in water availability and streamflow variability. These model-based activities will target at both the local and regional scale, thus providing information that is not only relevant for individual mountain communities but also for regional decision-making.

The start date of the doctorate is negotiable, but we envision a start in February or March 2023.

For further information on the position and for applications, please refer to the full job post:
Applications are accepted from now on and until December 31, 2022.

Note that a companion doctorate, focusing on hydrological modelling and analysis, is offered in the frame of the same project at the University of Berne (position “Doctorate in hydrological modelling in glacier-covered catchments”, found at
once posted).


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