ESR08 - Swimming efficiency of small-sized migratory fish species: the role of turbulence and water temperature

Host Institution: POLITO - Politecnico di Torino

Location: Torino (Italy)

Doctoral degree: PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino

Job description: The project will focus on the assessment of swimming performance of migratory fish species. In particular, the role of flow velocity, turbulence, and water temperature will be investigated. Specific field-based experiments will be designed and carried out thanks to a four-wheel-drive van with a fully equipped moving laboratory (namely MovingLab). Swimming performance tests will be carried out directly in the field using an innovative portable flume that allows for optimally controlled conditions while running experiments. Effects of water temperature and turbulence on small-sized fish species swimming performance will be therefore identified and isolated. Expected results will include: (1) experimental protocol and performance of systematic studies on small-sized migratory fish species; (2) scaling relations quantifying the "swimmability" of a flow at different temperature and turbulence levels

Workplace: The candidate will be provided with the office space at POLITO, which includes a personal computer, specialized software, access to the hydraulic laboratory, internet connections and printers. For experimental activities in the field the candidate will use a four-wheel-drive van (namely MovingLab), fully equipped for river-ecological studies, and a portable flume specifically designed for experimental studies on fish.

Secondment period (to be confirmed): Expected duration: 4 months; Hosting institutions: IREN (IREN Energia SpA - Torino, Italy), IGB (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries - Berlin, Germany)

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Candidate requirements:


  • MSc in Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or Physics
  • 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:  

  • Strong background in Fluid Mechanics or hydraulics with good programming skills
  • English proficiency and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Driving license valid for EU countries 

Specific desirable skills: 

  • Experience in field data collection and willingness to carry out field-experimental work 

Specific requirements of the Doctoral School:

For the enrollment in the Doctoral school the candidate must present by October 31st, 2020 a valid GRE certificate and IELTS with a minimum score of 5.0 (or an equivalent certificate among those listed at or a declaration that the MSc degree issued by a University in which courses are taught in English, i.e. “The medium of instruction was English”)

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): 

Costantino Manes

Claudio Comoglio

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