PhD in Fluid Dynamics

Reducing Spurious Mixing and Energetic Inconsistencies In Realistic Ocean-Modelling Applications

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, invites applications for a doctoral position in Applied Mathematics/Fluid Dynamics within the Collaborative Research Center TRR 181 “Energy Trans­fers in Atmosphere and Ocean” for a duration of up to four years parallel to approved German Research Foundation funding periods. TRR 181 is a collaborative project between Universität Hamburg, Universität Bremen, Jacobs University, the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Bremerhaven, the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie Hamburg, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde, and Leibniz-Institut für Atmosphärenphysik, Kühlungsborn.

Physical oceanographers, meteorologists, and applied mathematicians are working together in the project

  • to understand the energy transfers between the different dynamical regimes – small-scale turbulence, internal gravity waves, and geostrophically balanced motion – in both atmosphere and ocean,
  • to develop, to test, and to implement new and consistent parameterizations in models, and
  • to develop mathematical and numerical methods featuring consistent energetics.

The goal are energetically more consistent climate models for advanced climate predictions.

The position is associated with sub-project M5 “Reducing spurious mixing and energetic inconsistencies in realistic ocean-modelling applications” to work on advanced numerical techniques aimed at improved preservation of the layer structure of water density in an unstructured-mesh ocean model in climate-relevant simulations (first advisor Prof. Sergey Danilov, Alfred Wegener Institute and Jacobs University).

Successful applicants will have the option to become members of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR) and complete a PhD degree at Jacobs University.

Candidates will collaborate with partner institutions within the TRR 181, in particular the Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven, and participate actively in the general network activities of the Collaborative Research Center.

Applicants are expected to have a Master degree in Mathematics, Physics or a related field with a good background and outstanding research promise in theoretical fluid dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, partial dif­ferential equations, and/or numerical analysis.

Applicants should submit a cover let­ter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of at least three potential referees as a single PDF attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Collaborative Research Center TRR 181 aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching in this field and explicitly encourages women to apply.

The position is projected to be funded from January 1, 2021, subject to pending approval of funding. An earlier or later starting date may be possible upon re­quest. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Employment is 75% time at the level of Research As­sociate at a salary equivalent to public pay scale.

Click here for more information about the role and how to apply.

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