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[Met-jobs] Fwd: 2 open PhD positions

From Xiaodong Luo <xiaodong.luo@kaust.edu.sa>
To met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk
Cc Ibrahim Hoteit <ibrahim.hoteit@kaust.edu.sa>
Date Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:02:00 +0300

Would you please kindly announce the following two PhD positions? Thank you very much.


Xiaodong Luo
A PhD position is open at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology 
(KAUST) as part of a collaborative project with the University of Texas (UT) 
Austin. The project is a joint effort between research groups at KAUST and UT 
Austin. The KAUST team is headed by Prof. Ibrahim Hoteit, who has expertise in 
state-of-the-art data assimilation methodologies with applications to 
oceanography and meteorology. The UT Austin team is headed by Prof. Clint 
Dawson, who has expertise in mathematical and numerical modeling, and high 
performance computing for coastal ocean applications. The focus of this project 
is to significantly advance ensemble Kalman filters-based data assimilation 
methods for coastal ocean applications, including short-duration extreme events 
such as hurricane storm surge and longer-term events such as oil spills, and to 
enhance the methods for efficient data assimilation into coupled coastal ocean 
models. The student will be based at KAUST and will visit UT Austin about 3 
months every year. The work will be co-supervised by Prof. Hoteit at KAUST and 
by Prof. Dawson at UT-Austin. 

The PhD work will focus on developing and implementing an advanced storm surge 
forecasting system in the Gulf of Mexico based on a coupled finite-element 
storm surge model with a wave model and an ensemble Kalman filter.

Qualified applicants should possess a M.S. in Applied Mathematics or related 
fields with strong programing skills. Experience in estimation theory and 
computational fluid dynamics will be given preference. Familiarity with unix 
parallel programming in Fortran under Linux, and other languages like Matlab is 
a plus.

A KAUST PhD is expected to graduate within 4 years. The compensation package 
includes a tax-free competitive salary ($25K first year and $30K for the 
remaining three years); fully furnished housing; health care (medical and 
dental); 3 weeks annual vacation. Relocation expenses to Saudi Arabia and 
travel and local expenses to visit UT Austin will be also covered. Further 
information about KAUST can be found at http://www.kaust.edu.sa/

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest with the 
names and contact information of two references to Dr. Ibrahim Hoteit, 
ibrahim.hoteit@kaust.edu.sa 
A PhD position is open at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology 
(KAUST) as part of a collaborative project with the Institute of Applied 
Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS) at Texas A&M University entitled 
"A Unified Bayesian Framework for Inverse and Data Assimilation Problems with 
Applications in Oceanography". KAUST is a newly developed graduate level 
international research university located at the Red Sea coast 80 km north of 
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is home for one of the largest in the academic world 
220 Tflop IBM supecomputer. The PhD student will be co-supervised by Prof. 
Ibrahim Hoteit at KAUST and by Prof. Bani Mallick at Texas A&M. The student 
will be based at KAUST and will be hosted by Prof. mallick group at IAMCS for 
4-5 months every year. 

During the first part of the PhD, the student will be working on developing and 
testing new efficient Bayesian estimation methods for data assimilation and 
inversion with focus on nonlinear large scale geosciences application. The 
developed algorithms will be implemented and evaluated with complex ocean 
state-parameter estimation problems during the second part.

Qualified applicants should possess a M.S. in Applied Mathematics with strong 
background in probability, statistics, and programing. Candidates with 
experience in estimation theory, computational fluid dynamics and/or ocean 
physics will be given a preference.  Familiarity with unix parallel programming 
in Fortran under Linux, and other languages like Matlab and Ferret is a plus. 

A KAUST PhD is expected to graduate within 4 years. The compensation package 
includes a tax-free competitive salary ($25K first year and $30K for the 
remaining three years); fully furnished housing; health care (medical and 
dental); 3 weeks annual vacation. Relocation expenses to Saudi Arabia and 
travel and local expenses to visit Texas A&M University will be also covered. 
Further information about KAUST can be found at http://www.kaust.edu.sa/

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest with the 
names and contact information of two references to Dr. Ibrahim Hoteit, 
ibrahim.hoteit@kaust.edu.sa 


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