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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral position in ocean waves at University College Dublin

From Frederic Dias <>
Date Wed, 4 Nov 2015 12:06:43 +0000

Closing date: 15th November 2015, 5pm

Inquiries about the position and the application process may be addressed to: Frederic Dias, Head of the wave group (

This postdoctoral position is within a project co-funded by Ireland (SFI), the US (NSF) and Northern Ireland (DELNI).  The postdoc will be based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics of University College Dublin. The wave group has an international reputation in the study of waves and computational fluid mechanics. See

High-energy coastal waves cause massive infrastructural damage, and the bigger the storm the greater the effect. There is evidence that both frequency and intensity of coastal storms are increasing, raising questions about sustainability of coastal settlements and infrastructure. At the same time, investment in such infrastructure is rising, both for coastal protection and development of marine renewable energy sources. To develop risk assessment models for coastal storm damage, and to understand the magnitude of forces likely to act on structures deployed along the coast and in the shallow ocean, we need to be able to quantify the upper limits for storm wave power.

Surprisingly, we lack data putting upper limits on forces exerted by storm waves impacting the coast. There is no consensus about masses that can be transported by storm waves, which means that it has not been possible to fully model or predict the effects of storm waves on coasts.

The present project will change that situation decisively, and is made possible in large part by data collected on the Aran Islands after the 2013/2014 winter’s storms.

The postdoc will model wave amplification across uneven submarine topography with a combined global- and local-scale approach. The modelling will be computationally intensive. The postdoc will be in close contact with Queen’s University Belfast, where experiments will be performed.

The applicant must have a strong background in Numerical Methods, Mathematics, and Fluid Mechanics.

The salary will be €33,975.

The latest starting date is 01 March 2016 and the maximum contract duration is 31 months.

The wave group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin is very dynamic and gathers more than 12 faculty, postdocs and PhD students.

The application must be made online: go to
Click on Job Vacancies for External Applicants
Enter the Reference Number 007835

Closing date: 15th November 2015, 5 pm

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