Open Positions

    Besides specific openings, we are always looking for creative and curious people to join the group, so feel free to get in touch with us. If you are interested in joining the group, please don’t hesitate to contact us with an explanation of your background and your interests. Applications from minorities and other under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

    Open positions:

    Your mission:

    The Catchment Hydrology and Geomorphology Lab is looking for a PhD student to work on ecohydrological modeling for climate-smart agriculture.

    Sustainable food production requires finding the right balance between food and nutritional security while protecting the environment and addressing climate issues. Climate‐smart agriculture has been promoted as a systematic approach for developing agricultural strategies to ensure food security in the context of climate change. However, a detailed quantification of the effects of such practices across different environmental settings and under future climates is currently missing, making it difficult to assess their actual potential. As a PhD student you will have the opportunity to further current understanding in this field through a combination of data analysis and modeling approaches.

    At CHANGE we seek to improve current understanding and forecasting capabilities of multiple catchment processes both in natural and managed ecosystems. The main research themes of the Lab include landscape evolution and soil erosion, ecohydrology, soil hydrology and soil hydraulic properties, and sustainable use of soil and water resources.

    Main duties and responsibilities include:

    • Perform original research in the area of ecohydrology for agroecosystems and climate-smart agriculture.
    • To lead and contribute to publications for high-impact journals.
    • Contribute to broad Lab activities (including co-supervision of MSc students and teaching assistance).

    Your profile:

    • A MSc in Environmental Sciences, Physics, or Engineering.
    • Strong interest in ecohydrological modeling and applications to agroecosystems.
    • Hands-on experience with numerical modeling and analysis of large datasets.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
    • Creative, enthusiastic, and willing to learn.
    • Self-motivated and have a sense for scientific novelty.
    • Experience with scientific writing is valued.

    We offer:

    • A stimulating and international working environment in the new EPFL-Valais campus in Sion.
    • Competitive salary and excellent educational conditions.
    • Opportunity to perform state-of-the-art research in one of the most dynamic scientific institutions in Europe.

    Start date:
    May 2024 at the earliest (start date is negotiable).

    Work rate:

    1-year fixed-term contract, renewable for 4 years according to EPFL rules.


    Interested applicants should send the following documents (in a single pdf) to [email protected]:

    • CV and contact details of 2-3 references
    • A brief letter of motivation/interest in the project
    • Grades from master and bachelor studies

    Screening will start on Feb. 15th, but the position will remain open until filled.

    To be eligible for a PhD at EPFL, note that candidates also need to apply to the Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (EDCE).

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Sara Bonetti ([email protected]).