Turbulence to the extreme

Ultimate of turbulence: direct numerical simulations and data-driven method.

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, Germany, invites applications for two PhD positions in Computational Flow Physics and Data Assimilation. The positions are available in the Max Planck Research Group ComPhyDA starting as early as 1 August 2021 for a period of three years. An extension to four years might be possible in the special case. The exact start date is negotiable.

Turbulence plays a very important role in many applications, ranging from geophysics and astrophysics to engineering. In our solar system, turbulence is often driving by thermal effect, rotation, and magnetic field. In this project you will use high-fidelity simulation tools, including direct numerical simulations, data assimilation, and machine learning, to study the physics of turbulence, focusing on convection and dynamos. Depending on the interest and qualifications of the candidates, the specific topic can be:

  1. Turbulence simulations in the geostrophic regime.
  2. Data-driven method for Navier-Stokes equations.
Volume rendering of the temperature field for highly turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard Convection.

Applications will be reviewed constantly until the positions are filled. There is no specific deadline for the application. Remuneration is according to the German public salary scale TVöD E13 (65%). Social security benefits are in accordance with the public service regulations.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more persons with severe disabilities. Applications from persons with severe disabilities are explicitely encouraged.

How to apply

To apply for one of the PhD projects in the ComFyDA research group, you will be submitting an off-cycle application to the International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen. Please see the IMPRS Call 2020 for a full list of requirements. Please apply online via the IMPRS online application portal. In the "Funding line", please specify MPRG ComFyDA as the funding source.  In the "Project selection", please specify MPRG ComFyDA as the research group, and Dr. Zhu as the project advisor, and give us a very brief summary of what you would like to do in this project. Once your application is complete with two reference letters in, please send e-mail to zhux@mps.mpg.de and info@solar-system-school.de so we can start to review your application.

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