Climate Modeler for Cooling Singapore

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) was established as a joint initiative between ETH Zurich – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), as part of the NRF’s CREATE campus. The centre serves as an intellectual hub for research, scholarship, entrepreneurship, postgraduate and postdoctoral training. It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure systems. In the course of their work, researchers actively collaborate with universities, research institutes, industry, and government agencies with the aim of offering practical solutions.

Project background

ETH Zurich and the Singapore-ETH Centre is currently leading the Cooling Singapore project. The Cooling Singapore Project is an interdisciplinary project carried out between ETH Zurich, TU Munich, MIT and NUS. The project is dedicated to reducing the urban heat island and improving the outdoor thermal comfort in Singapore. The project’s outcomes have the potential to influence the wellbeing of citizens of Singapore. The project aims to develop a decision support system (DSS) for the web-based Virtual Singapore platform to help government agencies and planning authorities assess optimal strategies for cooling Singapore, in a holistic, systematic and interactive way.

Job description

Starting in January 2020 or under agreement, we are looking for a talented individual to join our interdisciplinary team based at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland and/or the Singapore ETH-Centre in Singapore.

We are seeking a motivated Climate Modeler to join us to conduct research in urban heat island (UHI) and thermal comfort in the highly urbanized and industrialized city of Singapore.

Your key responsibilities will be the participation in ongoing studies targeting UHI and urban environment modelling, conducting simulations of various UHI mitigation strategies in the mesoscale and analyziing the numerical results.

The position is full-time. The duration of the contract is 12 months.

Your profile

You should have a PhD degree in environmental/mechanical engineering, meteorology, physical geography, or with equivalent relevant background. You should have solid knowledge of urban climate, urban micrometeorology, and thermodynamics. Experience of mesoscale models (e.g., Weather Research and Forecasting with urban canopy model) in urban thermal environment simulations are required. Also, experience in various scripting/shell languages and common programming languages (e.g.,Matlab, C/C++, Fortran) are required. Knowledge of Linux operating environment is a plus. Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to learn new things is essential.


We look forward to receiving your application via email including the following documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae, portfolio (if any), and the name of two references, to (Prof. Gerhard Schmitt)and (Lea Ruefenacht).

For further informationabout the Cooling Singapore project and/or Singapore-ETH centreplease visit our websites: and

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