Postdoctoral position in compound drought analysis for Switzerland at the University of Bern

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position. The project scientist will investigate the co-occurrence of atmospheric droughts, hydrological droughts, and soil moisture droughts in Switzerland. The aim of the project is to quantify the co-occurrence of different drought types in Switzerland under current and future climate conditions using projections from regional climate models and hydrological models. The project is funded for 14-months by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and starts in November 2021 (or earlier).

The project scientist will collaborate with Olivia Romppainen-Martius at the University of Bern, with Regula Mülchi at the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss and with Lukas Gudmundsson at ETH Zurich and will be hosted at the University of Bern.

We seek a scientist with research experience in meteorology, climatology and / or hydrology and with a strong background in statistical data analysis. The project scientist is expected to provide regular project updates to the FOEN and to compile the final project report.

Applicants must have a PhD in meteorology, climate sciences, hydrology, statistics or related subjects. Regardless of background, the successful applicant will have an interactive personality, is willing to closely exchange with the federal office(s), has the ability to carry out research in an interdisciplinary environment, and has a strong desire to disseminate results to both scientific and lay audiences. Fluency in English (written and spoken) and strong communication skills are re-quired. Good knowledge in German would be an advantage.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
  • CV
  • Publication list
  • Names and contact details of three professional references
  • A short statement of motivation.

Please send all documents combined into one PDF to
Application deadline is June 31, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Olivia Romppainen-Martius (