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Postdoctoral Researcher: Modelling Stream Water Temperatures

Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Department of Surface Waters – Research and Management (Surf) located in Kastanienbaum (Lucerne) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral researcher: Modelling stream water temperatures.

The focus of the position is on the numerical simulation of the spatio-temporal variability of temperature in rivers downstream of hydropower plants. Existing numerical models will be extended and applied to case studies where river temperatures are significantly affected by hydro- and thermopeaking. Stream temperature data will be acquired from the study reaches jointly with ZHAW Wädenswil by means of remote sensing. The effects of different hydropower management options should be simulated and assessed, also in combination with future climate scenarios. In collaboration with a postdoc in stream ecology and the project partners at ZHAW, the observed and simulated temperature alterations will be linked to effects on ecosystem structure and function (e.g. egg development of fish, leaf litter decomposition).

The successful candidate will have substantial opportunities to develop his or her own research activities in the context of funded projects and to assist in the supervision of Bachelor and Masters students.

We are seeking outstanding and highly motivated candidates with an earned doctorate in a relevant field of physics, environmental science or engineering, a strong background in numerical modelling, and a strong interest in river ecology and collaborative applied research.

The position will be in the Surf Department, substantial interactions with other Eawag Departments are expected. Excellent communication skills in English and skills in team work are essential. This is a position with a maximum duration of three years. The anticipated starting date is January 2018 or on agreement.

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