Algorithmic Optimal Control - CO2 Uptake of the Ocean

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The Research Group “Algorithmic Optimal Control – Oceanic CO­­­2 Uptake” in the Department of Computer Science at Kiel University (CAU), Germany, is offering a

Researcher Position in Applied Mathematics

starting as soon as possible and lasting for 31 months. The salary corresponds to 65 percent of a full position at the level of TV-L E13 of the German public service salary scale..

We are looking for a person with background in Applied Mathematics, specifically in the numerical solution of (parabolic) partial differential equations.

The position is part of the research project „Strategies for parallelization in time and model order reduction“ in the German national climate modeling initiative „From the Last Interglacial to the Anthropocene: Modeling a Complete Glacial Cycle (PalMod)“.

Topic is the implementation, adaptation and improvement of parallel-in-time (also called parareal) algorithms for long-term climate simulations. For this purpose, a fast model of lower complexity shall be coupled to a slower one with higher resolution (micro-macro parallel-in-time algorithm). The models are implemented in Fortran.

Requirements are:

  • Diploma or Master Degree in Mathematics (or related field with strong background in numerical mathematics)
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Good programming skills in.

You will have the chance to get a deeper knowledge about climate modeling and simulation, and to apply your expertise in Mathematics and Computer Science to real-world problems. We offer the opportunity to contribute to an interdisciplinary research project.

The University of Kiel is an equal opportunity employer, aiming to increase the proportion of women in science. Applications by women are particularly welcome.

Given equal qualifications, applicants with severe disabilities will be given priority consideration.

Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcomed.

Interested candidates should send an application letter including curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, a copy of the diploma/master thesis and

1. a description of the “parareal” method in algorithmic form

2. the source code of a function (in an arbitrary programming language) that solves an initial value problem for an arbitrarily given ordinary differential equation with a second order method

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The deadline for applications is August 15st 2016.