[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Assistant / PhD position in CFD simulations of turbulent surface winds over complex topography, University of Cologne

Eric Parteli eric.parteli at uni-koeln.de
Mon Oct 23 03:09:56 MDT 2017

The Computational Geosciences group at the University of Cologne  
invites applications for a

Research Assistant / PhD position in CFD simulations of turbulent  
surface winds over complex topography

starting as soon as possible. The position is offered within the  
research project “Optimization of aeolian soil erosion control with  
sand fences”, funded by the German Research Foundation, and is  
initially for 3 years with a weekly working time of 29.87 hours (75%  
position). The salary is based on the German TV-L E13 scale if terms  
and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled.

Job description:

The candidate will apply CFD simulations to model turbulent surface  
winds over complex topography, in particular dunes in presence of  
obstacles such as sand fences and other types of windbreaks. These  
simulations shall be coupled to an existing continuum sand transport  
model to predict the changes in topography due to wind-blown sand.  
This is an interdisciplinary project in which the candidate will  
collaborate closely with the Atmospheric Modeling group of the  
Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology, the Applied Geomorphology and  
GIS & Remote Sensing groups of the Institute of Geography and the  
Granular Matter group of the Physics Department and the DLR / Cologne.  
Moreover, the candidate will have the opportunity to actively  
participate in field experiments to validate the numerical simulations.


We expect excellent knowledge of Theoretical and Computational Fluid  
Dynamics, and strong interest in computational and physical modeling  
of turbulent surface wind flows over aeolian sediment landscapes.  
Applicants should have a Master-of-Science-equivalent university  
degree in geophysics, meteorology, physics, mathematics or computer  
sciences, preferentially in the field of CFD, and strong background in  
scientific programming. Preference will be given to candidates with  
very good knowledge of C++ and experience with OpenFOAM. Candidates  
must have excellent communication skills both in written and spoken  

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity, affirmative action  
and diversity supporting employer. Handicapped persons will be given  
preference to other equally qualified applicants. Applications from  
women are particularly welcome and will be preferred in case of equal  
qualification and capacity.


Interested candidates should send a CV; a cover letter describing  
background, training and research interests; certificates; and the  
contact information of two referees as a single PDF to  
eric.parteli at uni‐koeln.de. Please clearly indicate which position you  
apply for.

Review of applications will begin after Nov 30, 2017 and continue  
until the position is filled.

For more information contact:

Dr. Eric Parteli
Department of Geosciences
University of Cologne

Email: eric.parteli at uni-koeln.de
Web: http://www.geosciences.uni-koeln.de/parteli.html

Dr. Eric Josef Ribeiro Parteli
Lecturer für Computational Geosciences
Department Geowissenschaften

Universität zu Köln
Albertus Magnus Platz
50923 Köln

Pohligstraße 3
Raum 3.159
50969 Köln


Tel: +49 221 470 7480
Fax: +49 221 470 1506

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