PhD Position (m/f/d) In the area of Air-Sea Interaction

Beginn der Ausschreibung25.03.2020
Ende der Ausschreibung22.04.2020
InstitutInstitut für Küstenforschung
KontaktpersonErika Krüger

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to investigate the influence of ocean surface waves on energy and momentum exchange processes between the atmosphere and the ocean. 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 Interaction group at the Institute of Coastal Research conducts laboratory (wind-wave tank) and field (offshore platform) based research, by developing and deploying unique, novel high-resolution imaging systems to investigate submillimeter-scale turbulent dynamics above and below ocean surface waves.

We invite applications for a PhD position (m/f) in the area of Air-Sea Interaction at the Institute of Coastal Research with preferred starting date on May 1, 2020. The position is limited to three years with the degree being awarded through the University of Kiel.

The tasks of the successful candidate will include:

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

Essential qualifications:

  • a MSc degree in oceanography, 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
  • laboratory experience and/or coursework in fluid dynamics
  • international research experience
  • academic publication record
  • willingness to learn German

For further questions please contact

Dr. Marc Buckley

or Prof. Burkard Baschek

We offer:

  • 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
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

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.

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.

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2020/KO 4 including your CV, certificates of your university degrees, a list of publications, description of research experience and goals, and a list of up to three references. Please use the following registration link to upload your complete application documents:

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