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2 Postdoctoral Fellows in compressible turbulent convection (f/m/d)

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2 Postdoctoral Fellows in compressible

turbulent convection (f/m/d)

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The research project MesoComp, which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), is focused to an improvement of our fundamental understanding of the dynamics and origin of turbulent superstructures – an order at the intermediate mesoscale. Examples for such pattern formation processes in highly turbulent flows are found at the solar surface or in atmospheric convection. The research is based on numerical simulation studies of turbulent mesoscale convection in compressible fluids in combination with a comprehensive analysis of the large-scale structure and the statistical properties of the flow. Scalable models of the convective turbulence and its transport properties are developed on the basis of classical and quantum machine learning algorithms that can reduce and parametrize the complex dynamics effectively. The interdisciplinary research in the MesoComp project is at the interface of turbulence research, applied mathematics, machine learning, and quantum computing. The tasks comprise one or more of the following points

  • conduction of supercomputer simulations of compressible turbulent convection on CPU-GPU platforms,
  • investigation of the impact of compressibility on the pattern formation and the small-scale intermittency,
  • analysis of the statistical properties of the compressible flows in view to the turbulent transport of heat and the universality of statistical laws,
  • development of recurrent and generative machine learning algorithms to describe the flows in reduced-order models and to obtain small-scale parametrizations,
  • porting of classical machine learning algorithms on quantum computing devices.

The division of these tasks among the open positions will be specified in detail once the appropriate candidates are selected. Both Postdoctoral Fellow positions are offered for an initial period of 2 years (100%) with a possibility of extension. We are looking for highly motivated researchers with excellent communication skills who want to join our group. Further information on our research and our international research team can be found at

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The successful candidates should have:

  • Master or Diploma university degree and Doctoral degree in either Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or Physics

Following competences are desirable:

  • The applicants should have an excellent scientific background in one or more of the following research disciplines: fluid mechanics, in particular turbulence, scientific computing including parallel programming, machine learning and/or quantum computing.
  • Experiences in scientific programming (such as Fortran90, Python, MPI, OpenMP, or OpenACC) and/or quantum computing are welcomed.

Please provide a cover letter describing your personal qualifications and motivation, a CV, a list of publications, an evidence of the qualifications required for the position by corresponding certificates, and 2 references with contact information.

What we offer you:

From individual advancement with a wide range of continuing education opportunities to a variety of health and recreational offerings, you can expect an appreciative working environment at a renowned university at TU-Ilmenau. In addition to an attractive, familyfriendly working hours model, you will also benefit from advantages such as the use of the dining halls of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen, as well as participation in the various attractive sports offerings of the University Sports Center.

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2 Postdoctoral Fellows in compressible turbulent convection (f/m/d)
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