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Doctoral Assistant in Statistical climatology
University of Lausanne

Date Posted Sep. 7, 2021
Title Doctoral Assistant in Statistical climatology
University University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland
Department Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics
Application Deadline Oct. 20, 2021
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2022
  • Graduate Student
  • Statistics & Actuarial Science
    Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
    Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Earth Sciences
    Computer/Information Sciences
    Atmospheric Sciences

Faculty of geosciences and environment

The Institute of earth surface dynamics opens a position of

Doctoral assistant (Assistant-e diplômé-e) in Statistical climatology

Starting date : from 01.01.2022 or to be agreed upon.
Position duration : 1 year originally, with extensions for up to 4 years total duration.
Level of activity : 100%
Work location : Lausanne Mouline, Geopolis building

Candidate profile :

Global circulation models are our only way of glimpsing our potential climatic futures. Multiple models have been produced by different teams around the world, each model having its own characteristics, including biases and uncertainties. This position will address the development of new statistical approaches to combine multiple climate models, allowing improved ensemble climate projections and uncertainty quantification.

The research will tap into fields of climatology and statistics (with a particular emphasis on spatio-temporal statistics) as well as computational approaches such as machine learning and computer vision.

The chosen candidate will have a master’s degree in environmental science, climatology, applied mathematics, computer science, or a related domain focused on numerical modeling in the geosciences.

A requirement for this position is a good base in applied mathematics and programming, demonstrated through academic works (e.g. MSc thesis or publications). Knowledge in geostatistics or machine learning, experience in handling climate or remote sensing datasets are advantages. The ideal candidate should be committed to conducting a 4-years PhD thesis on the development of data-intensive numerical methods, including acquiring advanced knowledge of the related domains.

Excellent skills in written and oral English are required. Working knowledge of French language is preferable but not necessary.

Job description :

Most of the workload will be devoted to a PhD thesis in statistical climatology. This will include conducting theoretical developments, writing of computer codes, redaction of scientific articles, presentation of the research outcomes at international conferences, participation in project meetings and in the general life of the research institute.

A smaller component of the workload (about 15%) will consist in assisting with teaching and research duties: teaching activities under the supervision of a professor, research work not directly related to the personal PhD topic, technical and administrative tasks related to the activities of the Institute.

This position is opened in the context of a SNF project, in partnership with two French research institutions: LSCE-IPSL ( and INRAe-BioSP ( Travels to these partner institutions are to be expected.

The employment conditions are available at this address:…

Application documents :

Applications should imperatively comprise all of the following:

  • Motivation letter (1 page),
  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Copy of university degrees certificates and transcripts of marks awarded,
  • An electronic version of a research output (MSc diploma thesis, research report, proceedings paper or other scientific publication).

Only complete applications made at this link will be considered:

Questions regarding the application can be addressed by email to Prof. Gregoire Mariethoz (

Application deadline :

20 October 2021

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Contact Information

  • Gregoire Mariethoz
    Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics
    University of Lausanne


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