Postdoctoral position in Urban Hydrometeorology

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Samstag, 24. Dezember 2016

ETH Zürich


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The Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich has a vacancy at the Future Cities Laboratory (Singapore-ETH Centre). The Singapore-ETH Centre is a multidisciplinary research centre located in Singapore, which was established by ETH Zurich in 2010. The centre forms part of the CREATE campus of the National Research Foundation of Singapore. Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is one of two large research programmes run under the auspices of the Singapore-ETH Centre. The core of the FCL approach lies in integrating science, technology and design in order to better understand urban systems, provide tools to improve their construction and management, and shape the future of cities by providing design scenarios based upon the best technology and scientific understanding.
Postdoctoral position in Urban Hydrometeorology
The project “Ecosystem services in the urban landscape (ESS)” , aims at finding ways of incorporating knowledge about tropical urban ecosystem services into design, both at a local scale and across larger city landscapes. The project is highly interdisciplinary with a combination of scientists with backgrounds in plant ecology, landscape ecology, hydrology and landscape architecture and from multiple countries. The hydrometeorology module of the project aims to quantify the role of vegetation and land use types in providing benefits at different spatial scales. In particular, it will focus on the role that vegetation plays in mitigating the urban heat island effect and the partition between infiltration and runoff. Most of the work will be conducted in Singapore, but the developed tools will be applicable over a much wider area of tropical South-East Asia. The work Location for this Position is CREATE Tower, NUS University Town, Singapore.
We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree preferably in the field of Hydrometeorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology, or a related discipline that includes specific and broad knowledge in the area of meteorology and hydrology with focus on surface energy budget and urban environments. Candidates with an interdisciplinary background are particularly welcome, but knowledge of planetary boundary layer modelling, meteorological and hydrological modelling is considered an important asset. The candidate will be responsible for completing the scientific tasks of the ecohydrology/hydrometeorology module within the EES project as well as interfacing with other project partners. Organisational and oral/written communication skills are therefore required. An excellent command of English is essential. Previous experience with similar research in urban environments and in urban-heat island issues represents an additional asset. Knowledge of mesoscale numerical weather models such as WRF or COSMO, and/or experience with large-eddy simulations (LES) is evaluated very positively. Quantitative and modelling skills, thereby including programming skills, are a pre-requisite for the position. Theoretical and modelling work is expected to be the focus of the position. The successful candidate will be offered a Postdoc position for two years. The contract conditions follow the Singapore-ETH Centre regulations. Singapore is an attractive city rated very high in terms of life quality and living standards.

For further information please contact Prof. Paolo Burlando ( or to Dr. Simone Fatichi (

Please submit your application online via the “Apply now” button at the end of this advertisement (including a detailed CV, publication list, a motivation letter and name of 2 to 5 reference persons) to: ETH Zurich, Corina Niescher, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich. Email applications will not be considered. The position remains open until a suitable candidate is found. The expected appointment date is the earliest possible.