PhD Positions Air-Sea Interaction and Wind Stress

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 10 May 2024

6 Apr 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

10 May 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

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Not Applicable
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Offer Description

The presence of rich flow structures in the atmosphere and ocean down to the scales of atmospheric convection O (100 m - 10 km) has sparked renewed interest across atmospheric and ocean scientists in recent years. How does this diverse wind structure influence the exchange of energy and momentum through the air-sea interface, and impact weather and climate? Marine cumulus clouds, especially during rain, are one of the drivers of large wind variability and leave a clear imprint on ocean surface roughness seen in high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery. These multi-scale, heterogeneous wind patterns may change the surface wind stress in ways we do not understand. Using ultra-high resolution satellite observations of ocean surface roughness, combined with large-eddy simulation (LES) and in-situ mooring/buoy data and ship-borne wind lidar, you will work closely together as a team to:

  • Develop spatial maps of near-surface wind and wind stress from SAR, LES and wind lidar
  • Quantify the influence of (sub)mesoscale spatial heterogeneity in wind, stability and surface roughness on wind stress
  • Validate and improve formulations of wind stress
  • Study the sensitivity of the atmosphere to (sub)mesoscale spatial heterogeneity in wind stress

You will be guided by Dr. Louise Nuijens, with expertise in wind-convection coupling using observations and LES, and by Dr. Paco Lopez-Dekker, with expertise in SAR retrievals and boundary layer processes. Your research will aid the development of space-borne wind stress retrievals and scale-aware surface flux parameterizations through connections to ESA, KNMI and ECMWF.

Specific Requirements
  • Master's degree in Earth sciences, physics, applied mathematics, engineering, computer science or related disciplines.
  • A strong background in either:
  • ) fluid dynamics and numerical modelling
  • ) satellite Earth observation data analysis (involving an understanding of the physics of the satellite measurement)
  • ) data science.
    • Excellent programming skills and experience in Python/Matlab.
    • A demonstrable interest in climate physics.
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills and an ability to work independently as well as interact in a team.
    • Good command of written and spoken English.

    Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

    Additional Information

    Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

    Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

    The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

    For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

    Selection process

    Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 10 May 2024 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

    • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
    • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
    • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

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    Delft University of Technology
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    2628 CD
    Mekelweg 2

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    Postal Code

    2628 CD


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