The Chair of Building Physicsof ETH Zurich is performing multiscale research to improve the understanding of the urban microclimate. For its multidisciplinary team, we are recruiting a
PhD student “Impact of wind-driven rain on urban microclimate and thermal comfort”
We are looking fora highly skilled and motivated candidate that will investigate wetting and drying processes due to wind-driven rain in urban environment. The better understanding of wind-driven rain provides a potential way to reduce the severity of urban heat island effect through evaporative cooling. Wind-driven rain is also significant in terms of assessment of moisture damage risks for buildings. The numerical part of the project involves analysis of wind-driven rain load in various urban configurations with different building density and arrangement. CFD simulations will use an existing Eulerian multiphase model implemented in OpenFOAM. The existing model will be further improved by including processes, such as film forming and runoff, following the wetting of the surfaces. The numerical model will be validated through field and wind-tunnel measurements as well as laboratory experiments that will focus on the wetting and drying of porous building materials. The aim of the project is to use this improved and validated wind-driven rain model in combination with an in-house urban microclimate model to evaluate the impact of typical rain events with different conditions on urban microclimate and thermal comfort.
The candidate shouldbe 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 to plan and perform experiments at various scales. Knowledge in CFD, preferably for urban wind flow applications, is highly advantageous. The candidate should be proficient in English.
For further information
about this position, please contact Dr. Aytaç Kubilay by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications witha cover letter, a comprehensive CV including publications and presentations, diplomas and a list of courses attended, names and addresses of references should be submitted online to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Matthias Steiger, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich.