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Postgraduate Research Associate / Project employment, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

The newly established Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sediment Research and Management at BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, is currently seeking a Postgraduate Research Associate (40 hours per week) in the numerical modelling team.

The successful candidate will:

  • conduct small-scale numerical experiments on the turbulent flow field around gravel-sized sediment particles using LES methods
  • Investigate the interaction between gravel sediment particles and the flow field (fluid-particle interaction)
  • Numerically explore and parameterize the mixing processes during dumping of fine sediment particles
  • Establish mathematical relations of incipient motion and particle movement and implement these into the modelling tools developed at the working group
  • Publish the findings in international scientific journals and present the results at national/international conferences

We are looking for an individual with a completed Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics or related disciplines who has a strong background in fluid mechanics and (turbulent) hydrodynamic processes, has experience in hydrodynamic modelling with 3D numerical simulation tools (e.g. OpenFOAM, FLUENT, CFX), features excellent knowledge in (applied) physics and/or mathematics - in particular numerical solution methods for nonlinear PDEs - and has outstanding IT skills including experience with Linux/UNIX systems.

We particularly welcome applications by individuals who possess several of the following skills and qualifications:

  • excellent skills in software programming (knowledge of programming related to High Performance Computing is an asset)
  • knowledge of advanced turbulence modelling in an application context, in particular LES
  • experience with sediment transport modelling
  • knowledge of fluid-structure interaction processes
  • strong ability for logical and analytical thinking
  • excellent English language skills
  • interest and enthusiasm to work in a team

We offer a friendly work atmosphere within an interdisciplinary scientific team. The employment contract will be established for three years.

Gross monthly salary and pay grade in terms of collective agreement for university staff (payable 14 times per year): B1, € 2.731,00

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna seeks to increase the number of its female faculty and staff members. Therefore qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference unless reasons specific to an individual male candidate tilt the balance in his favour.

Please send your job application to the Personnel department, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Peter-Jordan-Straße 70; E-Mail: kerstin.buchmueller@boku.ac.at. (Reference code: 119)

We regret that we cannot reimburse applicants travel and lodging expenses incurred as part of the selection and hiring process.


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