PhD researcher in Physically-based Slope Stability Modelling

The team of the Remote Sensing & Topographic LiDAR Research Group (Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck) is looking for a PhD student with a background and interest in Alpine geomorphology, remote sensing and landslide modelling for the research project PROSLIDE - Integration of static and dynamic landslide controls at multiple-scales using data-driven and physically-based methods exploring new opportunities for the PRediction of shallow landSLIDEs. Together with partners at the Institute of Earth Observation (EURAC research, South Tyrol, Italy) an interdisciplinary team of scientists will investigate the potential of various remote sensing data to increase the predictive performance of landslide susceptibility models. In a further step, the results of data-driven statistically-based models (focus of EURAC research) and physically-based slope stability models (focus of the University of Innsbruck team) will be integrated and evaluated against existing and newly compiled landslide inventories. The PhD position can be associated with the Doctoral Program Natural Hazards in Mountain Regions of University of Innsbruck (

We offer

  • Duration (fix): 2 years + 3 months
  • Start: 1st October 2020
  • Salary: 2.200€ gross/month, 14x per year
  • Office: University of Innsbruck, Tyrol
  • Study areas: Selected catchment in South Tyrol

Required Qualifications

  • Processing of geographical data (experience with GIS software, command line tools)
  • Programming skills (Python and/or R)
  • Field work: Support during field campaigns (soil sampling, laser scanning)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Handling and processing of 3D point clouds
  • Background in slope stability modelling (geotechnical and hydrological parameters)
  • Laboratory experience (possibility to conduct geotechnical tests in the geotechnical laboratory facility of University of Innsbruck)
If you are interested, please send your motivation letter and CV to until 31.10.2020 latest.

posted: 09 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.