Master Student Engineering, Physics, Meteorology or similar (f/m/x)

The exchange of momentum and heat in the ABL is mainly driven by turbulence. Turbulence is always three-dimensional and covers a wide range of scales. Traditional measurement systems are mostly point measurements from which the size of eddies can be derived using Taylor’s hypothesis of frozen turbulence. Getting a more realistic picture of three-dimensional turbulence in complex flow such as in the mountain boundary layer, or behind wind turbines, could be achieved with spatially distributed measurements. For this purpose, the Institute of Atmospheric Physics is operating a fleet of small quadrotor UAS which measures three-dimensional wind vector, temperature and humidity. How to distribute the UAS in space in order to sample turbulence on different scales in the best way is a non-trivial problem. To plan future experiments, a simulation-setup shall be developed in the proposed work which allows to test different flight strategies and determine the associated uncertainties in the derived turbulence parameters.


  • literature review of turbulent atmospheric flow structures and sampling methods
  • definition of the required numerical simulation for a virtual measurement
  • create a virtual framework for point measurements in a three-dimensional flow field.
  • test of different flight strategies in the virtual framework (variation of the number of UAS, distances, flight duration…)
  • analysis of uncertainties
  • Field of study: physics, meteorology, fluid dynamics, scientific computing or similar
  • good programming skills, including Python, Linux
  • high level of dedication
  • fluent in English and/or German
  • experience with UAS technology
  • experience with numerical modelling in meteorology

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x).Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2023-04-18
Location: Germany, Oberpfaffenhofen
Categories: Engineering, Fluidics, Meteorology, Physics, Programming, Scientific Computing, Student Assistants, Technology,


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