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Job Record #17402
TitleNSF Funded PhD Position - CFD of Hurricanes
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Maryland Dept. of Physics or Mech. E.
LocationUnited States, Maryland, Baltimore
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure Date* None *
The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) group in the Joint Center for Earth Systems 
Technology (JCET) and Department of Physics (Atmospheric Physics Program) at the 
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a PhD student for a 
graduate research assistant position. The student will work on an exciting new 
project that will study the fluid mechanics of turbulence, convection and 
hurricane intensification with cutting-edge numerical models and remote sensing 
data. One of these models, “Climate Machine”, is a new atmospheric model that 
has an advanced computing architecture and optimal numerical properties for 
simulating turbulent flow. The project is funded by the National Science 
Foundation (NSF) for a period of three years with Dr. Steve Guimond (UMBC) and 
Dr. Simone Marras (NJIT) as lead investigators. The selected graduate student 
with receive a stipend (~ $32,000/year) and tuition coverage in addition to 
conference expenses. The selected student will also have connections to NASA 
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), which is in close proximity to UMBC, with 
potential opportunities for internships, collaborations and future job 
prospects. Note that students can also choose to get their PhD degree in the 
Department of Mechanical Engineering if desired.

The atmospheric models being studied in this project utilize high-order 
Continuous Galerkin (CG) or Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) numerical methods along 
with various time integration schemes. Part of the project is to understand the 
value of these high-order methods relative to community-based finite difference 
or finite volume methods for simulating very high Reynolds number flows that 
typify a hurricane. Large eddy simulations of the hurricane intensification 
process will be conducted on supercomputers with these models to understand the 
flow of energy between various space/time scales and the lifecycle of discrete 
convective plumes in a moist atmosphere.

Interested students should have a B.S., M.S. or have started their Ph.D. degree 
in physics, atmospheric science, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics or 
a closely related field. The ideal student will have interests/skills in the 
physics of turbulence, hurricanes (or more generally fluid mechanics) as well as 
computational methods for studying these problems. Significant experience with 
computer coding in Fortran or C as well as Matlab, Python or Julia is required. 
Excellent oral and written communication skills and a passion for working on 
problems through to completion are desired.

For questions and further information, please contact Dr. Steve Guimond at and include a CV with information relevant to the position. 
Positions can start as soon as possible and applications will continually be 
evaluated until a suitable candidate is found. When in doubt, send an email to 
check in.
Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #17402 when responding to this ad.
NameStephen Guimond
Email ApplicationYes
Address1000 Hilltop Cir, Baltimore, MD 21250
Record Data:
Last Modified05:33:42, Thursday, October 21, 2021

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