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Studentships in simulation of extreme ocean events and coastal processes
Closing date: 1 February 2014

M.Sc. and Ph.D. students are sought to our interactive laboratory in which field, laboratory and numerical investigations work concurrently to predict and prepare for extreme events in a climate changing world. The research work has a focus on fundamental and applied research in the area of coastal sciences and engineering.
One common goal is to improve the understanding of the underlying physics of wind driven waves and the interaction with seabed and structures. The proposed research is focused on the development of mathematical and numerical models to study the physics of complex fluid mixing and structural response as coupled interactions. Developing these models require a detailed understanding of the primary processes of the fluid dynamics especially when the free-surface break-up generating overturning waves with entrained air, bubbles and sprays. The underlying mechanism is driven by wind and thus the air-sea interactions are important to understand. High Reynolds number flows on its own merits also present a challenging problem. In shallow depth, the wave processes are influenced by currents and sediments, and therefore can be important to analyze and predict as coupled interactions. For this purpose, we are in the process of developing a suite of numerical free-surface solvers. Here we are seeking to further develop our prediction tools, including Lattice Boltzmann algorithms, for parallel CPU and GPU computing. This project is complemented by small and large scale experiments including detailed images from our large CT scanning facility. The laboratory is also well equipped with tools/techniques including particle image velocimetry, lidar, multi sonar beam, data/image analysis, etc.
The research work will be carried out in the Centre of Water, Earth and Environment at the Technology Park facility of the National Institute of Scientific Research, Quebec City, Canada (www.ete.inrs.ca).
The successful candidates are expected to have a first class B.Sc. degree in science or engineering and in addition, Ph.D. applicants should have (or expected to obtain by start date) earned a M.Sc. in science or engineering and have a relevant background in some of the above areas of physics, mathematics, computer science and/or ocean/coastal engineering. You will join a team of students, laboratory staff and researchers.
Prospective candidates are invited to submit their CV, transcripts, and a one page summary explaining their interests in the project supported by a description of their knowledge of computational/experimental methods and/or coastal/ocean engineering or other relevant areas. The application should include contact details of three referees. Application via email is acceptable and should be forwarded to recrutement@ete.inrs.ca. The procedure and online application forms can be found via the links: http://www.inrs.ca/english/graduate-studies/masters-and-doctorates ; http://www.inrs.ca/english/graduate-studies/how-apply. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Start date is expected in Spring 2014 or as soon as practicable possible hereafter. Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Frandsen
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