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[Met-jobs] Research fellow opportunities at University of Genoa, Italy

From Giovanni Besio <giovanni.besio@unige.it>
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Date Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:31:11 +1100

RESEARCH FELLOW OPPORTUNITIES AT UNIVERSITY OF GENOA, ITALY

Please be advised of two research fellowship opportunities at DICCA – Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Genoa – www.dicca.unige.it, in the field of i) wave modeling and analysis and ii) Lagrangian Coherent Structures and mixing processes. These positions have been funded by a joint program between Regione Liguria and local industries in order to facilitate and stimulate the technological transfer between research institutes and private enterprises. Both the research program will be worked out synergistically with private enterprises working in the field of the Environmental Engineering, located in the Genoa Area.


RESEARCH PROGRAM 1 - WAVE MODELING AND ANALYSIS

Title: Optimization of third generation spectral model for wave generation, growth and propagation in the Mediterranean basin and downscaling for the Ligurian Sea.

Description of the research: The main subject of the research within this project focuses on the practical and operative use of the third-generation spectral models for the description of the generation and propagation of waves from the open sea (Mediterranean basin) to the local scales of the nearby coastal zones (physiographic units). The main objective of the research project concerns the development and application of an operative model chain able to describe and simulate the processes of generation of waves in the open sea and the processes of propagation towards the coast. To this end, we will link together the model Wavewatch III (Tolman, 1992) with a medium resolution on the Mediterranean Sea with the SWAN model (Booij et al, 1999; Rise et al, 1999), at high-resolution near the coast of the Ligurian Sea for meteorological purposes and for evaluations of climatological wave (analysis of extreme events and return periods of storms, i.e. wave hindcast) on a local scale.

Components of the work:
Setting up an operational tool to nest SWAN in unstructured grids in Wavewatch III Regional model for the Ligurian Sea; Validate and test the model with hindcast data for the period 1990-2010 against buoy and satellite measurements; Statistical analysis of hindcast data for a different locations along the Ligurian Coast (extreme events, seasonal variability, wave climate characterization); Development of sea routing algorithms for navigation optimization in terms of comfort, bunker consumption and travel time.


RESEARCH PROGRAM 2 - LAGRANGIAN COHERENT STRUCTURES AND MIXING PROCESSES

Title: Lagrangian modeling of mass transfer in marine and coastal environment: tools for the management of water quality of Mar Ligure

Description of the research: The research activity regards the study of the dispersion processes owing to turbulent flows generated by the simultaneous action of wind, tides and gravity waves in the coastal environment. The ability to predict the dispersion processes in a natural environment is of fundamental importance also for the management of the latter and to predict the impact of exceptional natural events. For the present project, different numerical models for the simulation of the flow will be employed with the following goals:
application to the Ligurian Sea
study of the dispersion processes based on Lagrangian techniques. Identification of the so-called Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCS).

Components of the work:
- Development and testing of numerical tools for Lagrangian Coherent Structures identification for 2D non stationary flows; - Application of the Lagrangian techniques for LCS extraction to the sea circulation of the Northern Thyrrenian basin; - Test of the developed tools in different geophysical flows (coastal, oceanic, riverine and biological ones) for the analysis of mixing patterns.



Required/preferred qualifications of candidates:
- Master Degree in Engineering, Physics, Environmental Science, Oceanography. Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, Fluid Mechanics, Coastal Engineering or a closely related field is an additional value.
- Good knowledge in hydrodynamics, wave theory and statistical analysis.
- Skills in scientific computing and development of numerical models.
She or he must have a good sense of teamwork. A good knowledge of English (writing articles, easy oral communication) is highly desirable.

Location: DICCA, University of Genoa, Via Montallegro 1, 16145, Genoa, Italy – www.dicca.unige.it

Contract duration: 24 months.

Employer: University of Genoa – www.unige.it

Contract Salary: about 1400.00 € net per month

Mode of application: the applicant should fill in the requested application form downloadable at the following address: http://www.unige.it/concorsi/assricerca/dom1155.rtf and send it by the 5th of December to:

Magnifico Rettore dell’Università degli Studi di Genova
Dipartimento risorse umane
Servizio personale docente
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
ITALY

The following information should be included in the form:
Research program 1
PROGRAMMA N. 37
AREA SCIENTICO DISCIPLINARE: 08 – INGEGNERIA CIVILE E ARCHITETTURA
SETTORE SCIENTIFICO DISCIPLINARE: ICAR/02 COSTRUZIONI IDRAULICHE E MARITTIME E IDROLOGIA

Research program 2
PROGRAMMA N. 36
AREA SCIENTICO DISCIPLINARE: 08 – INGEGNERIA CIVILE E ARCHITETTURA
SETTORE SCIENTIFICO DISCIPLINARE: ICAR/01 IDRAULICA

More information (in italian) can be found here:
http://www.unige.it/concorsi/assricerca/documents/dr1155.pdf

Please contact one of us for further information or for help in compiling the application form:
Giovannni Besio (+ 39 010 3536576) giovanni.besio@unige.it
Andrea Mazzino (+ 39 010 353XXXX) andrea.mazzino@unige.it
Alessandro Stocchino (+ 39 010 3532432) alessandro.stocchino@unige.it

Regards,

Giovanni Besio

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 Dr. Giovanni Besio       -----      Assistant Professor
 D.I.C.A.T. Dipartimento di Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
            dell'Ambiente e del Territorio
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   Università degli Studi di Genova, Via Montallegro 1
                   16145 Genova - ITALY
 Tel: 0039 010 3532479    -----    Fax: 0039 010 3532546
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