We open a PhD position for theoretical work on aeolian sand transport and pattern formation within a joint theoretical and experimental research project, hosted at the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences of Leipzig University, Germany, as part of a recently granted German–Isreali (GIF) research collaboration. Wind-driven transport of granular materials creates many interesting phenomena, like the formation of sand waves of variable sizes and shapes. We are seeking highly motivated PhD candidates with a Master’s degree in Physics and excellent English proficiency. Successful candidates will perform cutting-edge research on the dynamics of aeolian transport, with a main focus on the effects of turbulent fluctuations and the mechanisms of sand sorting and pattern formation, in a close collaboration between theory and experiment. They should be committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary work (records of creative and independent scientific research and active participation in its dissemination in peer-reviewed journals are welcome). Prior experience with fluid dynamics (Navier-Stokes, turbulence, multiphase flows), pattern formation and nonlinear dynamics (stability analysis, scaling, self-similarity), and a strong background in analytical and/or pertinent simulation/numerical methods would be useful. The work will be performed in the Soft Condensed Matter Theory Group at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (Leipzig) under the guidance of Prof. Klaus Kroy and involve field trips to Israel and Namibia. It will provide insights into physical modeling (both numerical and analytical methods), analysis of pattern formation, non-equilibrium physics, and geomorphological field work. The working language is English.
Applications including CV, letter of interest (max. 1 page, clearly stating the specific motivation of the candidate to join the group and work on this project, career goals, etc.), grade transcripts or equivalent records of excellent academic performance, and the names of at least two consenting referees, should be sent to [email protected]. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.