PhD Candidate ’Urban microclimate studied by numerical and experimental methods’

     

Employer

Published20 March 2017
WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategoryCivil Engineering / Traffic Engineering
Physics / Materials Science
PositionJunior Researcher / PhD Position

Description

The Chair of Building Physics of ETH Zurich is performing multiscale research to improve the understanding of the urban microclimate. For its multidisciplinary team, we are recruiting a

PhD candidate ‘Urban microclimate studied by numerical and experimental methods’

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated candidate that will investigate the urban microclimate, including the occurrence of local heat islands and their impact on the inhabitant thermal comfort. The aims include a detailed analysis of buoyancy, thermal and moisture storage as well as the different contributions by evaporative cooling or vegetation to cooling in urban areas. For the analysis, an in-house developed simulation model is used that couples a CFD model, a building-envelope heat and mass transport model and solar and thermal radiation exchange model. The project includes a further development of the existing numerical model, which is implemented in OpenFOAM. The urban microclimate model will be used to analyze the origin of local heat islands, the governing physical phenomenon and possible mitigation measures. Wind and water tunnel measurements will support the validation of the model.

The candidate should be a responsible and communicative scientist with a master degree in physics, materials science, mechanical or building engineering or similar field. The candidate should have strong background in fluid mechanics, as well as heat and mass transport, and an interest in implementation and development of numerical models and in urban climate. Knowledge in CFD, preferably for urban wind flow applications, is highly advantageous. Experience in experimental analyses in wind/water tunnels is beneficial. The candidate should be proficient in English.

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