PostDoc position: Experimental analysis and numerical modeling of geophysical mass flows

80%-100%, fixed-term

The Chair of Alpine Mass Movements is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG) at ETH Zurich and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF which is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. In our group, we develop numerical models and experimental facilities to better understand the initiation and dynamics of alpine mass movements such as snow avalanches, debris flows and rockfalls. Our research contributes to improve risk assessment and management procedures related to gravitational mass movements in alpine regions and mitigate their impacts.

Job description

You will support the ongoing development and application of numerical models (depth-averaged or 3D) for the initiation and propagation of alpine mass movements such as avalanches (rock, snow or ice) or debris flow. In addition, you will conduct granular flow experiments on a new mesoscale chute and contribute to its instrumentation. Furthermore, you will participate in teaching activities at ETH Zürich and publish results in scientific journals, presenting them at international conferences.

Your profile

You hold a PhD degree in related fields of research and have experience with numerical modelling. Ideally, you already have some experience with geotechnical testing and/or granular flow experiments. We encourage applications from enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who have very good oral and written communication skills in English. German or French knowledge is beneficial. You are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary and international working environment and you would enjoy living in a beautiful and varied mountain environment.

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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Application letter
  • CV / Resume
  • Certificate / Reference
  • Diploma
  • Additional documents

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about D-BAUG can be found on our website baug.ethz.ch. Information about the SLF can be found on slf.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr Johan Gaume, email jgaume@ethz.ch (no applications). ETH Zürich and WSL strive to increase the proportion of women in their employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Application letter
  • CV / Resume
  • Certificate / Reference
  • Diploma
  • Additional documents

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about D-BAUG can be found on our website baug.ethz.ch. Information about the SLF can be found on slf.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr Johan Gaume, email jgaume@ethz.ch (no applications). ETH Zürich and WSL strive to increase the proportion of women in their employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.