Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
8903 Birmensdorf
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The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
PostDoc for Seismic Detection of Gravitational Mass Movements 80-100%

The Mountain Hydrology and Mass Movement research unit investigates natural hazard processes in mountainous terrains, including landslides and debris flows. In a co-funded project with the Swiss Data Science Centre (SDSC), we are seeking as of summer 2022 for a duration of two years a (f/m/d)


In the framework of the WSL research program “Data Science and Mass Movement Seismology: Towards the Next Generation of Debris Flow Warning” we are searching for a PostDoc to develop and test machine learning algorithms to identify seismic signatures of debris flows, rock falls, avalanches and other hazardous mass movements in long-term seismic catalogues. Special focus is on rapid data processing for warning purposes.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a subject related to artificial intelligence as well as an interest in environmental and geomorphological topics and be willing to participate in fieldwork in Alpine terrain. A solid background and proven track record in machine learning are assumed. Experience in event classification using Random Forest, Convolutional Neural Networks or equivalent supervised frameworks is critical. Moreover, strong knowledge in high-level programming language like python or matlab including machine learning packages is required. Expertise in unsupervised learning like anomaly detection and transfer learning is beneficial.


Please send your complete application to Beatrice Lamprecht, Human Resources WSL, by 15 May 2022 at the latest uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Fabian Walter, phone +41 (0)44 739 24 69, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. 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.

Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf