Job Opportunity| Hydroinformatics specialist At Eawag| Postdoctoral

Environment & Natural ressources Job Opportunity| Hydroinformatics specialist At Eawag| Postdoctoral

Deadline: 30 April 2024

Eawag is looking for a Hydroinformatics specialist (m/f/d) Expert on Geographic Information Systems in the water Sector (80-100%).

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

  1. Job description

The Postdoctoral researcher will work at the interface of computer science and urban hydrology. The work will contribute to the development of a new urban water cycle model/urban water digital twin and to the integration across boundaries of not only different disciplines but also policy and practice, by:

  • Developing a total urban water cycle model that includes the various urban water streams, is spatially distributed and has an hourly temporal resolution
  • Evaluating the performance and efficiency of the developed urban water cycle model in a digital twin context
  • Assessing urban water cycle modelling results of different climate change and user behaviour scenarios
  • Investigating the water-energy nexus in urban areas, exploring the impacts of different behaviour pattern scenarios on water availability and demand
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to develop and apply innovative solutions for sustainable water and energy management

II  Your profile

  • PhD in Computer Science, Geography, Earth Science or Environmental Science or further education in the direction of applied computer science or data science
  • Strong background in computational methods, machine learning, and data analysis
  • Proficiency in object-oriented programming languages, in particular, Python
  • Experience with GIS applications and spatial and temporal data management
  • Experience with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and machine learning can be an asset
  • Proven track record of publishing high-impact research in relevant scientific journals
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical
      concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences

Eawags expects the candidate will interact with multiple academic collaborators, including leading international researchers in the field. The position requires close collaboration with partners in the UrbanTwin project. Postdoctoral researcher funding is available for 12 months, with the possibility of extension. The candidate must be willing to work in a team environment. Eawags offer a very dynamic and collaborative research environment which profits from state-of-the-art infrastructure and support. Project intended start date is flexible, dependent on availability of the candidate.

  1. Your personality
  • Successful candidates must have earned an excellent PhD in Computer Science, Earth Science or Environmental Science and must have demonstrated theoretical and practical experience with interoperability of environmental monitoring data.
  • Eawags expects good integrative skills, and social and emotional intelligence.
  • Fluency in English is required.

III. Who is Eawag?

  • Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experiences and ways of thinking.
  • Eawag promotes gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion.
  • The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to the organization.
  • For more information about Eawag and its work conditions please consult and
  1. How to apply? 
  • To apply with more information, please, see the full Job description
  • Eawag will evaluate applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Dr João P. Leitão.

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