World  Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich, Switzerland.

The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), hosted at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, are seeking a PhD candidate for a three-year position. The PhD engages in 'the glacier work package' of the project Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product (G3P). This project is funded through the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. It aims to develop a product of groundwater storage variations with global coverage and monthly resolution by a cross-cutting combination of satellite gravity data with independent water storage observations such as related to snow, soil moisture, lakes, and glaciers.


Job Description 

The overarching goal of the PhD project is to compile and analyse global glacier mass changes at improved regional and temporal scales from glaciological and geodetic (i.e., DEM differencing) observations. The advertised position is for three years. The preferred starting date is January 2020. The PhD will be enrolled with the Zurich Graduate School in Geography. Employment and payment will follow the standards according to the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Zurich.

The successful applicant will have strong analytical skills and a Master's degree in mathematics, physics, geosciences, or related fields. A sound training in the field of glaciology is required, as is experience in statistics, geographic information science, database management, and programming. Excellent written and spoken English is a basic requirement; German, the general language spoken at the department, is an asset but not a requirement. Good skills in communication and mountaineering are welcome.
Deadline for applications: 30th September 2019.

Candidate interviews will take place in October 2019. The position will remain open until it is filled.
Applications should consist of a single PDF-file, including letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, research experience and interests, two reference letters, and full applicant contact details.
Questions and applications should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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