Scientific Collaborator in Climate Scenarios

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Center for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM), the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss) and further partners jointly develop climate scenarios for Switzerland.

We are looking for a highly motivated Scientific Collaborator to join our efforts in developing and facilitating the application of Swiss climate scenarios, including their technical implementation and their communication.

Job description

Tasks include both the advancement and application of scientific methods to translate climate model projections into readily usable scenario products and the technical operationalization of the developed methods. You will support the project lead and working group leads of the "Klima CH2025" project, a joint initiative of MeteoSwiss and ETH Zurich, which is currently developing the next edition of Swiss climate scenarios. In addition, you will assist our partners from science and practice in the optimal usage and interpretation of climate scenario products.

Your profile

  • You have an MSc in natural or computational science and preferably a PhD in meteorology, climatology, environmental science, or a closely related field.
  • Furthermore, you have excellent programming skills in R and/or Python and a profound knowledge of state-of-the-art statistical methods for climate data analysis and climate downscaling.
  • Working experience with climate (model) data, in particular with large climate model ensembles, and experience in global or regional climate modelling will be considered advantages.
  • You are an open-minded, team-oriented, and goal-driven individual who enjoys maintaining close contact with both the scientific community and with practitioners and end users of climate products. A good command of both German and English is required.

Your workplace

Your workplace




We offer

We offer an engaging position in an innovative research field with leading edge methods and technology and with a strong focus on applied aspects and user interaction. The position is embedded in the team Climate Evolution of MeteoSwiss and involves close contact with collaborators at ETH Zurich and with practitioners. It is immediately available for a period of 2 years with the possibility of a 1-year extension. The main working place is at MeteoSwiss headquarters (Zurich Airport, easily accessible by public transport).

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • a letter of interest,
  • a CV,
  • copies of relevant certificates,
  • the names and contact information of two referees.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about C2SM please visit our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Sven Kotlarski, Head of Climate Evolution at MeteoSwiss [sven.kotlarski@meteoswiss.ch or phone +41 58 460 93 19] (no applications).

For further information on C2SM and the collaboration between ETH and MeteoSwiss, please contact the executive director of C2SM, Dr. Christina Schnadt Poberaj [christina.schnadt@c2sm.ethz.ch].

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • a letter of interest,
  • a CV,
  • copies of relevant certificates,
  • the names and contact information of two referees.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about C2SM please visit our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Sven Kotlarski, Head of Climate Evolution at MeteoSwiss [sven.kotlarski@meteoswiss.ch or phone +41 58 460 93 19] (no applications).

For further information on C2SM and the collaboration between ETH and MeteoSwiss, please contact the executive director of C2SM, Dr. Christina Schnadt Poberaj [christina.schnadt@c2sm.ethz.ch].

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.