Two PhD positions in Boundary Layer Dynamics at University of Innsbruck
We are seeking 2 highly motivated PhD candidates to be involved in a project studying boundary-layer dynamics in highly complex terrain. The ‘Innsbruck Box’ (i-Box) is combined observational-modeling effort,
in which we investigate the spatial variability of boundary layer turbulence, flow and exchange characteristics in a ‘box’ of some 20x20km dimensions.
- One PHD project will focus on the analysis of turbulence data (scaling properties, spectral characteristics, spatial variability) in the framework of an FWF (Austrian science foundation) project. Focus for this PhD project therefore is analysis of experimental
data (mostly turbulence data), quality assessment and test/investigation of new scaling approaches.
- The other PhD student will work within a MeteoSwiss financed project to test the COSMO NWP model’s turbulence parameterization at very high resolution on the basis of experimental data and idealized simulations. Focus here is numerical modeling – also at
LES grid resolution for reference simulations – in real complex terrain with the goal to assess and potentially improve the model’s turbulence parameterization.
The ideal candidate holds a Masters degree and has a strong background in atmospheric science (or a related discipline) and programming. Experience in atmospheric boundary layer turbulence and/or numerical modeling is an advantage.
The work will be conducted in the Atmospheric Dynamics unit at the Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Innsbruck. In this unit boundary layer dynamics in complex terrain is one of the key themes, besides other aspects of mountain meteorology,
weather forecast and statistical meteorology. The Department additionally has units on ‘Ice and Climate’ and ‘Atmospheric Physics’.
Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae, copies (and transcripts, if necessary) of their exams, two reference letters and their own letter of motivation as part of their application package.
The positions can be filled immediately – screening of candidates will start by October 30 2013.
For more information, prospective applicants may contact
Prof. Dr. Mathias Rotach (mathias.rotach<at>uibk.ac.at) or Dr. Ivana Stiperski (ivana.stiperski<at>uibk.ac.at)
One may find a short overview on the i-Box project on our institute homepage (<http://imgi.uibk.ac.at/dynamics/i-box
however, that this website is currently under reconstruction and the new site is going to be available online shortly.
Prof. Dr. Mathias Rotach
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics
+43 (0)512 507 5452