ESR07 - Hydrodynamics of fish at hydraulic structures: scale modelling and similarity principles

Host Institution: UNIPD - Università degli Studi di Padova

Location: Padova (Italy)

Doctoral degree: PhD in Industrial Engineering (Environmental/Mechanical) at the Università degli Studi di Padova

Job description: The research activities will be partly theoretical and partly experimental. The theoretical activity will include: A. Analysis of turbulent flow fields generated or affected by moving boundaries such as fish bodies. B. Identification through literature review and through collaborations with experts of the RIBES Network of key biometrical physical quantities relevant to fish, as a function of fish type, fish age and the relevant ecological habitats. C. Critical review of Dimensional Analysis principles applied to heterogeneous physical systems aggregating fluid in motion, fixed or moving boundaries associated to structures or machinery, and living fish. D. Critical review of current concepts and definitions of eco-sustainability, expanding from mortality-only to fish stress concepts and the relevant implications for river training approaches. The experimental activity will see the ESR interact with other experimental activities of the RIBES Network. The ESR will apply the theoretical analysis described above to field cases. He/she will be expected to become actively involved in field experiments where fish stress will be measured using turbulence-generating portable devices, in a combined effort with other ESRs of the Ribes Network.

Workplace: The ESR Workplace will be Chemical/Materials/Environmental section of the Department of Industrial Engineering. The Environmental group is associated to the LASA (Environmental Systems Analysis Laboratory) which will assist the field activities.

Secondment period (to be confirmed): Expected duration: 5 months; Hosting institutions: CBAR (Consorzio di Bonifica Acque Risorgive - Venezia, Italy), IGB (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries - Berlin, Germany)

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RECRUITMENT

Candidate requirements:

Degree: 

  • MSc in Environmental, Civil, Mechanical Engineering or affine; MSc in Environmental Physics or affine; MSc in Geosciences or affine 
  • Applications from candidates not yet graduated by the call deadline (with Diploma foreseen at the latest by the end of July 2020) are accepted

Specific mandatory skills:  

  • Graduate–level knowledge of fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering
  • Fluency in spoken and written English 

Specific desirable skills: 

  • Experience in the preparation of technical reports and presentations
  • Experience in field experimental activity 

Specific requirements of the Doctoral School:

A IELTS certificate is not required for admission to the PhD school in Biosciences, but knowledge of the English language will be assessed during the entrance exam (at least level B2)

Mobility rule:

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

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Contact person(s): 

Andrea Marion andrea.marion@unipd.it

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