A PhD student position immediately available at
City University of New York
This Ph.D. student position is funded by combination of my research grants with supports from Queens College and City University of New York with an excellent five-years package ($35,000/year) for the Doctoral Program in the Earth and Environmental Sciences at City University of New York. This Ph.D. study will start in late August 2012.
Responsibilities: We seek a talented PhD student who will apply a nonlinear dynamic approach to the study of canopy flow instability over complex terrain. Turbulent transport processes occurring within canopies are extremely complex, especially for ecosystems with hilly or mountainous terrain, and have not been accurately represented in models. Better understanding of these transport processes in complex terrain is important for understanding the role of terrain in the introduction of pollutants into the atmosphere, and the transfer of water and carbon dioxide between soil, vegetation, and the atmosphere. The overall goal is to develop analytical approaches for understanding instability conditions between different regimes of canopy flows over complex terrain. To address this goal, specific tasks are to: (1) derive analytical criteria for transition conditions between different regimes of terrain-induced canopy flows; and (2) verify the analytical results using computational fluid dynamics.
Qualifications: (1) Applicants have completed or are completing masters degree in theoretical physics, fluid mechanics, numerical simulation, engineering, meteorology, or geosciences; (2) Adequate English language skills, particularly in scientific writing is required (GRE>1200, TOEFL>90 for international students); and (3) The career goal of applicants is academic.
Please email applications that include: (1) A cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) Copies of transcripts and TOEFL/GRE scores; and (4) one or two published papers if applicable to: Professor Chuixiang Yi (email@example.com) with a subject line "APPLICATION FOR A PhD POSITION". Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.