Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
The research will focus on the quantification of water-heat fluxes in storm- and wastewater in urban areas. The research is anticipated to identify how smart urban stormwater management can contribute towards urban microclimate regulation, e.g. the mitigation of the effects of urban heat islands (UHIs).
To evaluate the potential of storm- and wastewater related solutions for cooling cities we pursue a dual-track approach. First, we rely on a unique set of distributed sensor signals in urban water applications, where novel IoT-driven techniques enable data-driven research, and secondly develop new and/or modify existing modelling approaches to ensure consistency and quantify interdependent water-energy fluxes. In essence, this will enable us to identify how water can contribute to UHI mitigation.
To this aim, you will contribute with your expertise in thermodynamics, ideally complemented with experience in hydrogeology and/or urban microclimate. You will explore the relevant information included in an existing set of distributed sensor data to close current information gaps, and to in-form urban drainage and microclimate models. Furthermore, you will refine existing approaches to simulate sub-surface (soil-sewer) and aboveground (surface-water-air) heat transfer towards fully interdependent thermal-hydraulic models.
Your research will be part of the interdisciplinary project “StormHeatX - Distributed stormwater-heat flux estimation for cooler, more liveable cities”, where we aim to collaborate with environmental physicists, city planners, architects and engineers. This position requires therefore excellent interpersonal skills with the desire and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.
We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in Computational Physics, Geophysics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or equivalent skills through experience. You have excellent English language skills and your technical know-how includes, for example: process-based numerical modelling, programming (C/C++, Python, etc.), sensor data management and analysis. A basic understanding of the urban water cycle and urban climate is useful. You should be committed to modern research ethics including open science and reproducible research.
Applications must be submitted by 31 January 2020 and should include a brief statement about your motivation for this position, a CV, copies of your academic qualifications and names of potential referees.
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