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Ph.D. Position in the area of Airborne droplet dynamics

   Institute of Coastal Research

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About the Project

Cutting-edge Research for a Changing World

Reference code: 50073616_2 – 2021/KD 3

Commencement date: as soon as possible for 3 years

Work location: Geesthacht (near Hamburg)

Application deadline: 30.01.2022

We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. candidate to investigate the dynamics of airborne droplets. Understanding energy and scalar fluxes across the air-sea interface is crucial for a number of environmental challenges, including weather, climate and sea state forecasting. The Air-Sea Fluxes group at the Institute of Coastal Ocean Dynamics conducts laboratory- and field-based research, by developing and deploying unique, novel high-resolution imaging systems to investigate submillimeter-scale turbulent dynamics in multiphase environments such as the ocean surface.

The project is part of the project “Airborne Transmission of SARS Coronavirus – From Fundamental Science to Efficient Air Cleaning Systems (CORAERO)", funded by the Helmholtz Association (Germany). It will be conducted together with partners from the Technical University of München, as well as others. The candidate will develop and use novel imaging techniques to quantify, understand and parametrize airborne microdroplet and aerosol dynamics, with multiple applications, including the airborne transmission of disease, as well as the role of sea spray for atmosphere-ocean heat and momentum fluxes. Close collaboration with the other research areas of CORAERO is expected, and more information can be found here.

Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. We would therefore strongly encourage qualified women to apply for the position.

Your tasks

  • designing, planning and performing laboratory and field (offshore platform in coastal waters) experiments, using state-of-the-art imaging techniques
  • developing computational codes to process and understand large experimental datasets (e.g., image processing)
  • analyzing experimental results; developing conceptual models and parameterizations
  • scientific publication and presentation
  • working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners

Your profile

Essential qualifications:

  • a MSc degree in oceanography, fluid mechanics, geosciences, physics, mechanical engineering or related disciplines
  • programming skills in one or more languages (Matlab, Python, R, C, Fortran)
  • excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • high degree of motivation, creativity, and flexibility
  • ability and willingness to participate in sea-going research

Desirable qualifications:

  • experience in processing and interpretation of observational data
  • practical fluid mechanics experience in the lab or in the field
  • international research experience
  • academic publication record
  • willingness to learn German

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with over 1,100 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • childcare services
  • Welcome office

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: Around 1,100 employees contribute to the tackling of climate change, the sustainable use of the world's coastal systems and the resource-compatible enhancement of the quality of life. From fundamental research to practical applications, the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.

Institute of Coastal Ocean Dynamics

The Institute of Coastal Ocean Dynamics at the Hereon develops innovative technologies, investigates the physical and biogeochemical processes of the coastal ocean and the impact of anthropogenic influences on the natural state. It is located near Hamburg.


Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2021/KD 3.

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Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

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