[ES_JOBS_NET] M.S./Ph. D. student opportunity in storm-scale modeling at Purdue University

Dawson, Daniel T dandawson at purdue.edu
Mon Aug 13 10:19:29 MDT 2018

The Storm and TORnado Modeling (STORM) Laboratory in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS, http://www.eaps.purdue.edu/) at Purdue University is currently seeking one MS or PhD student interested in the physics, dynamics, and modeling of severe convective storms and tornadoes beginning as early as January 2019 (Spring semester). Applicants should have at least a B.S. degree in atmospheric science, physics, computer science, or related fields. As part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast (VORTEX-SE), our research team is investigating the microphysical characteristics of potentially tornadic storms in the SE-US, feedbacks to their dynamical and thermodynamical evolution and tornadogenesis potential, and differences from tornadic storms in the U.S. Great Plains.  Preference will thus be given to students with knowledge and experience in convective-scale numerical data assimilation and modeling of severe storms. Up to two years of support is currently available, with a strong possibility of continued funding.

More broadly, our research team studies the dynamics and physics of severe convective storms and tornadoes by 1) developing and implementing microphysics parameterizations within cloud-resolving models to investigate the interplay between microphysical and dynamical processes in severe thunderstorms, 2) collecting and analyzing rain drop size distributions and other observations in severe convection, 3) developing a regional storm-scale polarimetric radar data assimilation and prediction system, and 4) conducting very high-resolution numerical simulations of tornadoes and their parent thunderstorms. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work in these and closely related areas, pending the availability of funding. There will also be opportunities to participate in field programs to collect data relevant to these goals.

Purdue EAPS is a leader in the study of Earth’s atmosphere and is actively developing a new research and teaching program in the area of extreme weather and climate. As the only U.S. school with three of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers, Purdue University hosts the best collection of high-performance research computing systems in the country.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate research in these areas, please contact Dan Dawson (mailto:dandawson at purdue.edu) Students with strong backgrounds in meteorology, physics and mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply. Some background in one or more contemporary programming languages (Fortran, Python, C++) is also highly desirable but not required, as is experience with numerical modeling and data assimilations systems as applied to the atmosphere.

Information about application requirements is available at:
(http://www.eaps.purdue.edu/for_students/graduate/grad_admissions.html). The deadline for applications for priority consideration for the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters is September 1st, 2018, January 2nd, 2019, respectively, though applicants are encouraged to make contact prior to these dates.

Daniel T. Dawson II, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907
dandawson at purdue.edu

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