Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) Modelling interbasin exchanges in Lake Lugano (1-2 year depending on working percentage)

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The Department of Surface Waters – Research and Management (SURF) located in Kastanienbaum (Lucerne) has a vacancy for a

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) Modelling interbasin exchanges in Lake Lugano (1-2 year depending on working percentage)

Would you like to work on the development of a hydrodynamic model to evaluate interbasin exchanges in Lake Lugano, how it has evolved and how it might change due to planned construction and climate change? This position is an applied research project. To answer these questions of connectivity between the two basins, you will develop a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model. The model will be calibrated using current temperature data collected by the cantonal services, satellite data (temperature and light penetration depth) and lake current data. These data will be specifically collected in this project during one year by means of at two acoustic doppler profilers that will measure the currents and the exchanges between the two basins.

We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated person with a doctorate in a relevant field of physics, environmental science or engineering and a strong background in numerical modelling and data analysis. Demonstrated expertise in three-dimensional hydrodynamic modelling, Python and open research practices are required. Excellent communication skills in English are essential. You should enjoy working with applied research questions.

The position can be filled at 80% for 1 year or at 40% for 2 years.

Applications must be submitted by 15 February 2024 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV and list of publications, and the names and contact information for two references. Interviews will be held in the second half of February, and the starting date for the position is April 2024 or on agreement. Your main place of work will be at Eawag in Kastanienbaum at the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult www. and www. For further information, please contact Prof. Damien Bouffard ([email protected]).

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Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) Modelling interbasin exchanges in Lake Lugano (1-2 year depending on working percentage)





February 07, 2024

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February 15, 2024

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Agricultural Science,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics,Space Science

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