PhD Postition - In the area of Coastal Ocean Turbulence

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)

Geesthacht, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Coastal Research



Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts



Starting date:

1558911600



Job description:

The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, is located near Hamburg. You can find more information at www.hzg.de. The Institute of Coastal Research investigates the physical and biogeochemical dynamics of the coastal ocean and the impact of anthropogenic influences on the natural state.

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 with preferred starting date on September 1, 2019. The position is limited to three years with the degree being awarded through the University of Hamburg.

The tasks of the successful candidate will include:
- 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

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 program 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

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Jeff Carpenter (jeff.carpenter@hzg.de).

We offer:
- multinational work environment with over 950 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. 2019/KO 9 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 to personal@hzg.de.


Proposed closing date for applications is June 23rd, 2019.



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Quote Reference: 2019/KO 9

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