PhD position in the field of Turbulent Convection

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

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Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position - Turbulent Convection

Job offer from January 13, 2020

In the Max Planck Research Group “Turbulence, Complex Flows and Active Matter” we seek as soon as possible to fill a PhD position in the field of Turbulent Convection.

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization at Göttingen, Germany, is an international research institute. It provides an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment performing both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 300 people.

The research

Turbulent flows are a ubiquitous phenomenon in nature and often show a surprising large-scale order, even though turbulence is associated with small-scale fluctuations and chaotic, irregular motion. These large-scale structures in presence of turbulent fluctuations are one example of turbulent superstructures. Turbulent superstructures occur in a range of prototypical flows, including wall-bounded and shear-driven flows as well as in convective flows. The goal of this PhD project is to develop an effective description of superstructures in turbulent convection by combining state-of-the-art simulations with theoretical modeling approaches.

Your profile

We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team. The ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree in physics with a background in complex systems, fluid dynamics and statistical physics. Programming skills as well as experience in the numerical simulation of nonlinear partial differential equations, and scientific visualization are a requirement. Fluency in English is expected.

Our offer

The PhD position is limited to three years. The salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists. The salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund. In close collaboration with the Georg August University, a structured PhD program is offered in the graduate program on the Physics of Biological and Complex Systems. Furthermore, we offer opportunities regarding work life balance as well as health promotion services.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

To apply, please follow this link with the reference no MPIDS-W042:

and submit a cover letter, your CV, publication list as well as contact information of two references. Your cover letter should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. Applications received before February 15th 2020 will be given full consideration.

Written applications will not be sent back. 

Please contact Dr. Michael Wilczek, (Email: should you have further questions.

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Michael Wilczek
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen


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