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Interreg IVA project OFELIA: postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) in physical modelling, UK
Description of Project:
The OFELIA project seeks to establish a cross-channel research collaboration to improve our understanding of the environmental impacts of offshore wind farm foundations. The three partners in this project, namely Caen University, Le Havre University, and Plymouth University (project coordinator),  will work closely together to address the following questions:
  • Database of:  available reports and datasets at existing, under construction, and planned wind farm sites within the Channel zone.
  • Physical modelling of local hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes at the scale of the monopile.
  • Determination of appropriate parameterisations of local scale processes for regional models.
  • Assessment of regional model performance for different local scale parameterisations.
Three postdoctoral positions are available, each associated with one of the three OFELIA partner institutions. Contact details for the other positions can be found below. The position in Le Havre focuses also on the physical modelling deliverables of OFELIA, the position in Caen University on the regional modelling deliverables.

Technical Deliverable for this position: Physical modelling in small and large experimental facilities. Hydro-environmental impacts of monopiles under different wave, and wave-current conditions at different scales. Scour and seabed impacts.
Competences and skills sought:
Essential:  Experience working in small and/or large experimental facilities.
Experience using some of:  Acoustic probes, PIV, LDV or ADV measuring systems.
Person specification:
We seek to appoint a research assistant, with a recently obtained PhD or equivalent experience, to contribute to the following deliverables of OFELIA:
  • Hydro-environmental impacts of monopiles under different wave,  and wave-current conditions at different scales.  Scour and seabed impacts.
  • Cooperation with two other PDRAs on synthesis of experimental results and assessment of parameterisations to be implemented within regional models
  • Organization of workshops, meetings and conferences within OFELIA
  • Preparation of project dissemination materials for different target audiences, e.g: researchers, stakeholders, policy makers or politicians, and school children
  • Contribution to reports, conferences abstracts, conference proceedings and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Attendance to conferences, Interreg events, outreach events, and workshops, for OFELIA project promotion and dissemination, as and when necessary. As the project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the candidate will be willing to travel regularly on cooperation missions to the Universities of Caen and Le Havre, with stays lasting from a few days to a few weeks. Ideally the candidate will have experience working in international multidisciplinary teams, and be prepared to work to tight deadlines.

Main advisors:  G. Iglesias2 (gregorio.iglesias@plymouth.ac.uk)
                           J. Miles2 and D. Simmonds2
External and other advisors:  N. Abcha3, A.-C. Bennis3, J. Brossard 1, D. Conley2, E. Ellis2, A. Ezersky3, D. Greaves2, M. Gross4, K. Littlewood2, V. Magar2, D. Mouaze3, G. Perret1, G. Pinon1
1: Le Havre University; 2: Plymouth University; 3: Caen University; 4: Met Office
How to apply: Please send a CV, a letter of motivation (up to one page long), and the names of two potential referees, to hr@plymouth.ac.uk<mailto:hr@plymouth.ac.uk>
For informal enquiries please contact:  Dr Vanesa Magar   vmagar@plymouth.ac.uk<mailto:vmagar@plymouth.ac.uk>
<mailto:vmagar@plymouth.ac.uk>Receipt of Applications: Applications will be received up to 31st October 2013. Interviews are expected to take place in the 2nd or 3rd week of November.
For more information on the two additional OFELIA positions, please contact:
  *   Le Havre University: Gaele Perret (gaele.perret@univ-lehavre.fr<mailto:gaele.perret@univ-lehavre.fr>)
  *   Caen University: Anne-Claire Bennis (anne-claire.bennis@unicaen.fr<mailto:anne-claire.bennis@unicaen.fr>)


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