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Analysis of Turbulent Superstructures in Thermal Convection

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3 years


up to German TVöD 14

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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

The Department of Experimental Methods develops optical and acoustical field measurement techniques for the acquisition of fluid-mechanical and aero-acoustical quantities and applies them mainly in large industrial wind tunnels and at in-flight testing for aerodynamics. The principal duties for you as a job holder will be the generation, measurement and analysis of turbulent superstructures in thermal convection at very high Rayleigh numbers as well as in laterally extended samples. For this purpose, you will adapt, apply and further develop the existing optical measurement methods for the acquisition of three-dimensional flow fields by means of Lagrangian "Particle Tracking" ("Shake-the-Box") as well as for the measurement of surface temperatures with phosphorescent paints (“Temperature Sensitive Paint”). The planned tasks belong to the DFG project "Experimental Analysis of Turbulent Superstructures in Thermal Convection by Time-Resolved Lagrangian Particle Tracking up to Very High Rayleigh Numbers", which is part of the DFG Priority Programme 1881 "Turbulent Superstructures".

Your qualifications:

  • University degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or similar
  • doctorate degree in one of the above areas
  • in-depth knowledge of fluid mechanics
  • experience in the planning and development of laboratory experiments
  • experience in the application and further development of optical measurement techniques or methods of digital image processing
  • good programming skills, ideally in Python, C and C ++
  • very good English language skills
  • publication activity in internationally renowned journals is an asset

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr.-Ing. Lars Koop
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology (IAS)

Phone: +49 551 709-2460

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