The PhD student will be responsible for the sampling and analysis of the temporal and spatial distribution of stable isotopes of water in the soil (unsaturated and saturated zone) and streams. The PhD student will use observed stable isotope patterns to derive long-term flow pathways (matrix/macropore), flow velocities, mixing patterns and the proportion of evaporation to transpiration. In addition, scaling properties of stable isotopes and its relation to scaling of hydrological processes will be analyzed. The PhD student will also develop and test the new in-situ stable isotope system for soil water.
-All applicants should have a Diplom or MSc degree in hydrology, soil science, physics, environmental science or engineering or in a closely related field. -We encourage applications from enthusiastic dedicated individuals with strong quantitative skills as well as good writing skills in English (German and French is an asset) who enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary team. -Strong experimental background and willingness to work in the field is essential (field campaigns of several weeks are to be expected). -Knowledge of stable isotope hydrology and tracer techniques is an asset. -A driving license (class B) is required.