PhD scholarship in Hydrodynamics Modelling of Floating Seaweed Farms

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Apr 2021

Do you share the same vision with us that industrial-scale seaweed (kelp) farms can be part of the solutions to meet world’s growing needs of food and energy? Are you considering establishing a career as a scientist in marine technology? Here may be the right position in front of you: the Department of Mechanical Engineering at DTU seeks a motivated and talented candidate for a 3-year PhD project on hydrodynamic modelling of floating kelp farms in ocean waves and current.

Hosted by the Section of Fluid Mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering at Department of Mechanical Engineering, you will work in an international environment with competent colleagues. Through this multidisciplinary project, you are expected to develop strong competencies in marine hydrodynamics, structural dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics.

You will be part of the DTU-NTNU dual PhD programme , with a 2-year stay at DTU and a 1-year stay at NTNU, Norway, and will be jointly mentored by supervisors from both universities. The project also cooperates with the SFI-BLUES center coordinated by SINTEF Ocean.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within theoretical and numerical modeling of the hydrodynamic and structural dynamic responses of the components of the floating kelp-farming system, and their coupling effects. Your primary tasks will be (but not limited to):

  • Extending in-house hydrodynamic models at the department
  • Structural modeling of flexible seaweeds and netting structures
  • Developing a rational hydrodynamic model to describe effects of the kelp canopy
  • Coupling of hydrodynamic and structural modules
  • Teaching assistant and applying for small travel funds if needed

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree, preferably in marine technology, coastal/offshore engineering, or fluid mechanics; emphasising, however, that applicants with a specialization in water waves and computational fluid dynamics will be prioritized.  

The candidate is expected to describe their relevant experiences in the cover letter.

Moreover, the following skills will receive additional consideration:

  • Experience with theoretical and/or numerical modelling of ocean waves
  • Experience with numerical implementation of Laplace and/or Navier-Stokes equations solvers
  • Experience with programming in FORTRAN, Python or similar.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval by both DTU and NTNU, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in DTU-NTNU dual PhD programme with DTU as the home host university. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Yanlin Shao at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, DTU, and Professor Trygve Kristiansen at Marine Technology Department at NTNU.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Application procedure
To apply, please apply online. 

Application deadline: 19 April 2021.

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