Postdoctoral Researcher on decision support platform development in the weather and climate context

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Weather and Climate Risks (WCR, Group is a recently established chair within the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED, The activities of IED include research, teaching and outreach at the intersection of natural and social science, contributing to the development of effective policy and decision making strategies in the areas of agriculture and the environment. The WCR Group works on matching the supply and demand side of weather and climate information in order to improve the resilience of our societies in the face of volatile weather and climate change.

Project background

In our work, we are addressing questions like: What kind of weather and climate information is appropriate for options appraisal? Is it available? What is the susceptibility of end-users to extreme events, including their business models and supply chains? We are developing methodologies and tools that are suitable to answer the questions and thereby bridge the gap between the supply and demand of weather and climate information. Our current focus is on modelling the impacts of floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, and European winter storms on different sectors and supply chains within the Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA, framework, both domestically in Switzerland as well as worldwide.

Job description

We are looking for a candidate who is eager to engage with stakeholders and is able to implement co-created solutions in a complex data and model context. MeteoSwiss provides the unique opportunity to test, evaluate and ultimately integrate such a decision support system into an operational weather forecasting chain. Main tasks include the further co-development of the existing open-source CLIMADA ( platform and other prototypical decision support systems together with users to improve the decision process along the full processing chain and across disciplines.

Your profile

The candidate should have a doctoral degree in computer science or an environmental or social science discipline with strong computational background. Interest in weather and climate and pertinent knowledge is a clear plus. He/she should have strong analytical skills and possess an eagerness to understand and model complex natural-socio-economic systems. Excellent knowledge of the Python programming language and development tools such as Jenkins is required. The candidate should have a deep interest in combining natural catastrophe impact modelling with decision support architectures. Fluency in English is a must, German, French and Italian are welcome.

ETH Zurich

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.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: CV, PhD thesis and one letter of reference, all in one pdf. 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 the Weather and Climate Risks group can be found on our website For further information, please contact Sarah Spitzauer, (no applications).

Application deadline: 15th December 2019 (or until the position is filled)

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