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PhD Position (m/f/d) in the area of Coastal Ocean Turbulence

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Reference code: 50012325_2 – 2020/KO 1
Commencement date: as soon as possible

The Institute of Coastal Research is investigating the influence of offshore wind farm structures on the dynamics of coastal seas. The interaction of tidal and coastal currents with the offshore wind farm foundation structures creates anthropogenic sources of turbulence that contribute to additional mixing and transport of buoyancy that can affect stratification levels. Primarily through the use of Large Eddy Simulations (LES), the candidate will investigate this mixing process with the aim of producing a parameterisation suitable for use in larger scale regional models. The work will contribute to our understanding of the response to offshore wind farm development in the German region of the North Sea. The project may also involve the collection of field data.

We invite applications for a PhD position (m/f/d) in the area of Coastal Ocean Turbulence; preferably starting as soon as possible. The position is limited to three years with the degree being awarded through the University of Hamburg.

Your tasks


- to simulate ocean turbulence using computer clusters
- developing scientific computing codes to process and interpret simulation-based and observational data sets
- developing theoretical and conceptual models to understand and parameterise coastal ocean mixing
- conduct a case study of the effects of offshore wind farms on North Sea turbulence dynamics
- working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners
- scientific publication and presentation

Your profile


Essential qualifications:
- a Master’s in oceanography, geosciences, mathematics or related disciplines
- strong academic publication record
- extensive experience in numerical modelling and model development
- profound programming skills in at least one scientific programming language (e.g. FORTRAN, C, Python, Matlab)
- good knowledge of English (written and oral)
- high degree of creativity and flexibility; ability to work under pressure
- good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, engineers, and technicians

Desirable qualifications:
- knowledge of fluid mechanics and/or physical ocean processes, as well as ocean biogeochemistry
- prior experience with turbulence modelling and cluster-based simulations
- international research experience
- experience with field measurements

We offer you


- multinational work environment with over 1000 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
- an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

Geesthacht is located 35 km southeast of Hamburg in Northern Germany. Its location combines proximity to Germany’s second largest city and its cultural offerings with easy access to numerous outdoor activities in a beautiful setting. We are a family-friendly employer and operate our own kindergarten on campus.

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. 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.

For inquiries, please contact
Dr. Jeff Carpenter ()

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference no. 2020/KO 1.

Please start the online application process for this offered position via http://www.hzg.de category Career & Campus.

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