Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium
Davos World Radiation Center

The PMOD/WRC in Davos invites applications for the vacant position:

Director of PMOD/WRC

The PMOD/WRC is a renowned reference laboratory and research institution supported by the Swiss Confederation, the Canton of the Grisons, and the municipality of Davos, operated under the auspices of the Foundation Swiss Research Institute for High Mountain Climate and Medicine, Davos (SFI). The institute conducts research and development ranging from the terrestrial radiation balance, solar physics and climate modelling to the international standardization of irradiance measurements and the design and manufacturing of radiometers for space experiments. On behalf of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), the PMOD/WRC maintains and operates the World Standard Group of radiometers. It develops and produces high precision instruments for ground and space-based applications and has a heritage of several developed, built and flown space experiments.

The successful applicant will ensure that PMOD/WRC sustains the core of expertise in solar radiation metrology, also for space-borne instrumentation. She or he should have an outstanding track record in research in radiation physics, space technology, Earth observation, or a related area, with a strong personal network reaching into the associated communities, as well as excellent leadership capabilities. The working and living place will be Davos.

Furthermore, an outstanding successful candidate can be nominated as Affiliated Professor at ETH Zurich in the Department of Physics. This would ensure full access to all technical, research and ICT infrastructure at ETH, participation in teaching activities and in recruiting Masters and PhD students.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a list of third party funded projects, a motivation letter with a statement of future preferred research and teaching interests, and a description of the three most important achievements. SFI is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. We specifically encourage women to apply.

Applications are invited until 31 July 2018, addressed to the President of SFI, Dr. Walter Ammann (sent by email to: For further information refer to or email to Walter Ammann.

posted: 07 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.