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Postdoctoral Researcher / Senior Research Scientist in HP Infrastructure Adaptation to Requirements of Future Operating Conditions, Switzerland
ETH Zurich is offering a position at a new Research Team on Hydropower Systems in the context of the development of the Swiss Competence Centres for Energy Research (SCCER), promoted by the Swiss Confederation as part of the “Energy Strategy 2050”  (www.energystrategy2050.ch).
The Research Team (RT) will focus on a mixture of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and integrative research activities, which aim at generating knowledge to provide a reliable quantitative assessment of how future hydropower (HP) production can be managed to contribute to the future electricity supply of Switzerland in a time of transition and change.
The successful candidate will be in charge of the following tasks: (1) Design of adaptation and monitoring strategies to preserve the safety of HP schemes and infrastructures under more severe operating conditions, e.g. with focus on the increased risk associated with sediment load floating debris or air entrainment in the reservoir or at intakes; (2) Investigation of the potential for increase of storage volume and installed capacities at existing HP plants in order to improve the flexibility of operation required by the more volatile demand and the need for a safe supply in winter by implementing innovative flushing concepts and adopting structural and hydraulic measures to cope with flow aeration, e.g. in bottom outlets, hydraulic short-circuits of pumped-storage systems, or power waterways; (3) Assessing the HP potential in the (peri-) glacial environment following the retreat of glaciers jointly with the development of pilot technical solutions to exploit it.
The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in civil or environmental engineering and a PhD in hydraulic engineering with a relevant publication record. The candidate should have experience in experimental and numerical methods in hydraulic engineering and be able to analyze large data sets of hydraulic measurements in relation with hydraulic infrastructures. In-depth knowledge and experience with hydropower systems are an asset. We expect a team-oriented, motivated and good communication skilled candidate (post-doctoral/senior researcher) interested in actively contributing to the research of the Supply of Electricity (SoE) SCCER and willing to prepare research proposals for PhD studies in the mentioned frame and to publish research results in peer-reviewed international journals. Excellent spoken and written command of English is required and additionally German knowledge would be certainly an advantage. An 80-100% postdoctoral or senior research scientist position (depending on the qualification) is presently open for all potential candidates.

For further Information (no applications), please contact Prof. Dr. Robert M. Boes, VAW Director. Please also refer to http://www.vaw.ethz.ch/.
Applications with pdf documents (motivation letter, CV, PhD certificate, academic transcripts, list of publications and two confidential letters of recommendation) should be sent with attention to: ‘ETH Zurich, Mrs. Corina Niescher, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zürich’ via the website: https://pub.refline.ch/845721/2934/++publications++/1/index.html
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