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[Met-jobs] Turbulence modeling in complex terrain - at the University of Innsbruck

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Date Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:40:32 +0000

15 MSCA PhD positions in modelling and simulation at University of Innsbruck


DOCC ("Dynamics of Complex Continua") is an interdisciplinary Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND doctoral programme at the University of Innsbruck that will train 15 PhD students for 3 years on modelling and simulation of complex dynamical continuum systems. 

DOCC prepares Europe's next top modelers to link simulations and the real world within a multi-disciplinary environment, by providing beyond essential technical expertise also the training in key abilities to communicate and transfer methods and results.


The Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences / Mathias Rotach offers a PhD fellowship in the frame of DP DOCC in the area of 

Atmospheric turbulence modeling

Recent results on turbulence characteristics in complex terrain and over complex surfaces suggest that isotropy may only be reached at much smaller scales (within the inertial subrange) than previously thought. At the same time, new scaling approaches reveal the overall importance of isotropy and better understanding of its occurrence might be crucial for the development of new turbulence closures to be used in weather and climate models where subgrid-scale turbulence must be parameterized. In this project, we aim at using very-high resolution Large-Eddy Simulation (and / or DNS) over terrain of different complexity to systematically investigate the rate of dissipation of turbulence.


The PhD research work should preferably start between 12/2019 and 01/2020. We offer an employment contract for 3 years, with an annual gross salary of 40'103 EUR (susceptible to taxes) for 40 hour/week employment. All PhD fellows will be liable to full medical and social contributions according to the Austrian federal legislation, implying a retirement scheme and (partly paid) parental leave. 

More information on DP DOCC, suggested thesis topics, requirements and eligibility criteria, and the application and recruiting process are available at

The deadline for applications (first call) is September 10 2019.




The DOCC programme has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847476.

Prof. Dr. Mathias Rotach
University of Innsbruck
Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences
Innrain 52f
A-6020 Innsbruck
phone: +43 (0)512 507 54452
e-mail: mathias.rotach<at>

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