Head of Research Unit “Snow and Permafrost”

WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland
Oct 03, 2017
Nov 02, 2017
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The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and protection of landscapes and habitats, and a responsible approach to natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 500 people, of whom 140 work at SLF in Davos.

The Research Unit “Snow and Permafrost” investigates the physical properties of snow, soil and permafrost and the surface exchange with the atmosphere in order to understand the formation of natural hazards such as avalanches, floods and slope instabilities and the interaction of the cryosphere with climate change. The directorate of WSL wishes to recruit a

Head of Research Unit “Snow and Permafrost”

As a researcher with an international reputation, you will manage the research unit, which has some 40 staff members, in cooperation with the group leaders. Coordinating and promoting the research within the unit as well as leading your own projects are part of your responsibilities. Your diverse activities involve supporting the implementation of the scientific results into practice. Furthermore, you will acquire third party funding for research projects and promote cooperation with public authorities and organizations at both national and international level.

You are at an advanced stage of your scientific career with several years of independent research and have a strong performance record in the area of interaction between subsoil, snow cover and the atmosphere as well as their impact on the environment. You have experience in managing large research groups and/or in leading interdisciplinary research projects. You have an integrative personality with negotiating skills and a good command of one of the Swiss national languages as well as English.

Please send your complete application to Jasmine Zimmermann, Human Resources WSL/SLF. Prof. Dr. Konrad Steffen, Director, phone +41 (0)44 739 24 55, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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