Postdoctoral Fellow

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Amar Annamalai
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Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in tidal current energy within the Ocean Physics Group. The Marsden Grant funded research project aims to understand how power production scales with the number of tidal turbines in a farm.

The successful candidate should have a PhD, or close to completing a PhD, in Maths, Fluid Mechanics, Physics, Physical Oceanography, Engineering or a related field, plus experience in numerical modelling of fluids. Experience in coastal hydrodynamic modelling would be an advantage. The appointment is for a period of up to three years. The salary is currently NZ $70,981.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship is part of a collaborative project with Stanford University which aims to determine if it is possible to realise the Giga-Watt potential of large tidal channels such as Cook Strait NZ and the Pentland Firth UK. To realise this potential tidal turbine farms must scale up from a few turbines, to arrays with hundreds of turbines. The project will use analytical and numerical modelling techniques in idealised channels to develop and understand a fundamental scaling law underpinning the relationship between power production and the size of large arrays of tidal turbine arrays. The project aims to make a significant step towards addressing a core question for tidal current power: is it realistic to meet a significant fraction of our future energy needs by scaling up tidal turbine farms?
The successful candidate will be expected to travel to international conferences and to visit Stanford University to work on developing the numerical model.
The University of Otago, New Zealand's top ranked university for research, is located in the centre of the scenic Otago province.
Applications quoting reference number 1300238 will close on Saturday, 23 March 2013.
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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.
E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

Deadline: Saturday, 23 March 2013

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