Institut, Seminar, Klinik / Institute, Department, Clinic
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Abteilungsbeschreibung / Description of UZH unit
At the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, we are dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living organisms and their interactions in the environment.
We employ a multidisciplinary mixture of approaches from ecology, evolution and environmental sciences to study a wide variety of organisms and ecosystems.
We conduct cutting-edge research, innovative student training, and regular public outreach. We further complement our endeavour for high quality research and teaching with close scientific collaborations and student exchanges with first-
class institutions in Switzerland and abroad.
We foster a philosophy of scientific practice and training that highlights the ethical responsibilities of scientists to their colleagues, society and the environment.
Aufgabenbereich / Responsibilities
Substantial warming and an increase in precipitation are predicted for the Arctic in the 21st century. Such climatological changes impact the energy, water, and carbon cycle of the Arctic terrestrial system.
A tight coupling of these three cycles exists through the short- and longwave radiation absorption and the partitioning into sensible, latent, and ground heat flux.
This PhD project will address the question of how summer precipitation change will affect the surface energy budget in the tundra and its coupling to other components of the system.
Results will contribute to a better prediction of land surface feedbacks in the Arctic system.
Following a mechanistic approach, we will perform detailed radiative and turbulent flux measurements in a precipitation addition and drought experiment, complemented by mechanistic modelling of energy fluxes.
The experiment will be located in the northeast Siberian tundra (https : / / eu-interact.org / field-sites / chokurdakh-
scientific-tundra-station / ), a severely underrepresented Arctic region with respect to experiments and observations.
Beschäftigungsgrad / Workload in %
Anforderungen / Qualifications
The position requires tuning of micrometeorological instrumentation and measurements to the experimental setup in the tundra.
Candidates must be prepared to spend several weeks each summer under simple living conditions at our station in the Siberian tundra, running field experiments and handling instruments.
The PhD work further involves parameterization of a mechanistic model to simulate energy fluxes of the tundra system. The ideal applicant will have a strong background in natural sciences, and a master’s degree in micrometeorology, climate sciences, environmental sciences, or a closely related field.
Sprachkenntnisse / Language requirements
Wir bieten / We offer
The project is fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a duration of up to 4 years, ideally starting after 1 September 2018.
The applicant will enroll in a graduate school at the University of Zurich, be a member of the research group on Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing, under supervision of Dr.
G. Schaepman-Strub (http : / / www.ieu.uzh.ch / staff / leaders / schaepman.html).
Please find further information about positions through following link www.pa.uzh.ch / de / Willkommen-an-der-UZH.html.