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Aalborg PhD Vacancies – Weather Radar Nowcasting for Drainage Applications – Oct 2021

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Aalborg University invites applications for PhD Scholarship candidates works at the project to develop radar nowcasting methods dedicated to urban drainage applications, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Built Environment (BUILD), Denmark – Oct 2021 (#Aalbog PhD Vacancies)

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Nov 01, 2021
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Engineering and Science
Department of the Built Environment (BUILD)
Aalborg University (AAU)

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Qualification Details

The successful candidate must hold a relevant master’s degree in engineering and have extensive experience with urban drainage, rainfall and runoff. Furthermore, good skills in mathematics, statistics and programming are expected. The weather radar algorithms of the research group are developed in the Matlab programming environment, hence programmings skills in this environment is a benefit. The candidate will develop and operate warning systems in real-time, wherefore experience with real-time systems are required. Also, strong interest, knowledge and preferably experience with and remote sensing by satellite and weather radar measurements are beneficial. The PhD work will contain experimental work and experimental design, therefore the candidate must have experience with experimental work, design of experimental setups and analysis.

A high level of written and spoken English is required. As part of the PhD program, the candidate will be teaching courses at the department, wherefore teaching and/or supervision experience are beneficial. It is an advantage if the candidate can speak and write Danish at a high level.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Accurate and reliable rainfall nowcasts are needed to predict the hydrological and hydraulic loads of urban drainage systems to control, model and warn in hazardous situations. Weather radar rainfall measurements have some obvious benefits in terms of measuring rainfall in high resolution in time and space. Moreover, weather radars detect the rainfall before it reaches the catchment of interest, hence facilitate forecasting of the near future rainfall (nowcasting) and thereby prediction of the hydrological and hydraulic load.

The PhD project aims to develop radar nowcasting methods dedicated to urban drainage applications. The accuracy of radar nowcasts relies on two main factors: 1) the accuracy of the weather radar measurements from which the nowcast are produced, and 2) how accurate the rainfall is prognosticated by the radar nowcast. Radar nowcasting is typically based on the overall movement of the precipitation field up to the time of the nowcast. This performs well for stratiform precipitation, whereas convective precipitation is predicted with less accuracy. The PhD project will focus on this challenge since capacity problems of the urban drainage system are often caused by convective rainfall. Also, the PhD project will focus on how to improve weather radar rainfall measurements. Ground observations of the rainfall are needed for proper adjustment of the radar rainfall, and the project will explore alternative data sources for weather radar data adjustment. Weather radar measurements are indirect measures for the rainfall intensity, hench measurement uncertainties are inevitable. This uncertainty will affect the applications of the data, but how can updated knowledge about the current measurement and nowcasting uncertainty be incorporated, so that applications of the data can take the uncertainties into account?

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: 6-21081
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Documents Required

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated application (maximum 4 pages) stating reasons for applying and qualifications in relation to the position.
  • A project description
  • A Curriculum vitae including personal data.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science). On request, you could be asked for an official English translation.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will decide for allocating the stipend.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

About the Research Group

The Urban Water research group at Aalborg University is leading within the research of weather radar measurements of rainfall and weather radar nowcasting. The research group has engaged in a research and development project (RADIATE), which the PhD scholarship is part of. Besides Aalborg University, The RADIATE project partners consist of the VeVa association and the four largest utility companies in Denmark.

About the Employer: Aalborg University (AAU)


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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Contact details

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Bettine Wedde, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: bew@adm.aau.dk,  phone: +45 99409909.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:  www.phd.engineering.aau.dk


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