The Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Institute of Environmental Engineering, has a vacancy:
PostDoc Position in Glacier Remote Sensing
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
The position is funded for one year by the Swiss National Science Foundation project “UNder-standing COntrasts in high MoUNtain hydrology in Asia (UNCOMUN)”. The project aim is to improve the understanding of the glacio-hydrological response to climate variations of the glacierised Langtang catchment in central Himalaya. The project intends to (i) study the role debris covered glaciers play on glaciers dynamics, ablation patterns, mass balance and runoff, and (ii) characterise patterns of air temperature and precipitation important for the hydrological response of the catchment. The PostDoc will focus on 1) Generating time-series of DEMs for the study region based on imagery acquired with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), declassified imagery (e.g. Hexagon, Corona), recent high resolution stereo data (such as Cartosat, SPOT, TerraSAR-X) and other suitable data sources which may become available, 2) Comparing the DEMs to calculate volume and mass changes with special emphasis on the debris-covered glaciers, 3) Calculating glacier flow velocities using suitable remote sensing data, 4) Identifying debris-covered ice, ice cliffs, supra-glacial lakes and their changes. He/she will interact with scientists from the Hydrology and Water Resources Management group at ETH Zurich and co-researchers at Glaciology Group of the University of Zurich and the Department of Physical Geography of the University of Utrecht to contribute to research papers and other outputs. The PostDoc position is set within the larger UNCOMUN project. It will work together with Dr. T. Bolch (University of Zurich), Dr. F. Pellicciotti, Dr. W. Immerzeel and Prof. P. Burlando, and will benefit from synergies with the glacio-hydrological part of the project (lead by Dr. Francesca Pellicciotti) and from collaborations with other researchers at national and international level. The tentative start is 1st April, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found
The successful applicant will have a PhD in photogrammetry, remote sensing or an equivalent field and a proven record of scientific publications. Candidates without a specific PhD can be considered, provided they have a proven record of research in the domain of photogrammetry and remote sens-ing. Statistical data analyses as well as programming skills (Matlab, IDL or others) are an asset. Specific knowledge of energy and mass balance glacier processes is highly welcomed. We expect a person highly motivated towards scientific research, showing personal initiative, being comfortable with both team and independent work, and having good oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of English is required; knowledge of German is an advantage. The PostDoc will work in an international team of motivated young scientists.