Head of the Snow and Atmosphere Research Unit

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Jun 2022

The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 600 people, of whom 140 work at SLF in Davos.


The Snow and Atmosphere Research Unit focuses on snow physics, snow processes, winter sports and climate as well as snow hydrology and climate impact. It investigates the physical properties of snow and the exchange processes between soil/snow and the atmosphere. The aim is to acquire a deeper understanding of the interactions between the cryosphere and climate change as they affect the formation of alpine natural hazards and global processes. From 1 October 2022 or another date to be agreed, WSL is looking to appoint a

Head of the Snow and Atmosphere Research Unit

As an internationally recognised research professional, you will lead the research unit and its 40 or so employees, together with the group leaders. This varied and highly responsible role will include coordinating and promoting research by the entire unit as well as leading projects of your own. You will foster the targeted practical implementation of scientific results and nurture close cooperation with relevant stakeholders. You will also be responsible for securing third-party funding for research projects and for maintaining cooperation with authorities and organisations at national and international level.

You are at an advanced stage of your academic career, have many years of research experience, as well as an outstanding scientific track record on the cryosphere and its interactions with the environment. You have extensive experience leading research groups and managing interdisciplinary research projects and possess a motivational and team-oriented management style. You are also inclusive, have excellent negotiating skills, and speak at least one of Switzerland's national languages, as well as being fluent in spoken and written English.

Please send your complete application to Clemens Güdel, Human Resources SLF, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Dr Beate Jessel, WSL Director (tel. +41 44 739 2224). For administrative queries, contact Ms Susanne Jost, Head of HR (tel. +41 44 739 2370) The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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