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Large Eddy Simulation and Direct Statistical Simulation Modeler

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island (US)
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Nov 12, 2023

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Large Eddy Simulation and Direct Statistical Simulation Modeler

Position Description

An interdisciplinary group of physical scientists and engineers at Brown University are searching for one postdoctoral researcher to study air-sea interaction in the marine boundary layer with applications to offshore wind energy.

The researchers will join a team of oceanographers, climate modelers, physicists, and fluid dynamicists working to

  • Study key aspects of the fluid mechanics of offshore wind farms, including waves, winds, oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers, and wind farm wakes,
  • Develop multiscale and direct statistical simulations of turbulent flow in and around floating offshore wind farms embedded within the marine atmospheric boundary layer enabling the optimized extraction of energy,
  • Study potential offshore sites and dynamics with observations and laboratory experiments.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated expertise in large eddy simulation modeling, wave modeling, high-performance computing, and geophysical fluid dynamics or boundary layer dynamics.

The successful candidate will be directly supported by a broad team spanning New England. They will have leeway for scientific exploration and self-directed research.

The position salary is $70,000 for two years, with the possibility of extension. Hosting or traveling to research visits will be supported, though not required. Start dates can be as early as 10/1/23, though there is some flexibility. Significant additional research, computing, and travel support is available to facilitate this work. The successful candidate will be based at Brown University.

Please direct questions to Baylor Fox-Kemper:


A PhD in Climate, Atmospheric, or Oceanic Science; Physics; Fluids Engineering; Applied Mathematics or related fields, or at least 3 years of relevant work experience.

Experience with running large scale (> 10 million grid points) models including analysis and interpretation of model and observational data.

Knowledge of boundary layer and air-sea processes, numerics and subgrid schemes, offshore or onshore wind energy systems, and experience with model development are a plus.

Application Instructions

Please send a CV, 1 page cover letter, and contact information for three references. In their cover letter applicants should address their experience or ideas for contributing to an open and inclusive laboratory environment. The project is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

All applications received before Sept 15 will be considered together. The positions will remain open until filled.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


Our department is known across the Brown campus as being open and friendly. Twenty faculty guide 40-50 undergraduate concentrators and 40-50 graduate students in a collaborative and fun learning environment.

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