Opportunity for Graduate Research in Offshore Wind Energy


The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany are pleased to announce an opening for a highly motivated PhD student to make state-of-the-art measurements of air-sea interaction as part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The scientific objective is to improve the understanding of air-sea interaction from the sea surface to the top of the marine atmospheric boundary layer. This capability will support basic studies of air-sea interaction physics and applied fields such as offshore wind energy.

Project Description

The project involves development of an autonomous system for turbulent air-sea fluxes of momentum, sensible and latent heat using the eddy covariance technique that will be integrated into a floating buoy-based lidar. The successful student will assist with design, fabrication, and testing of the system, process and analyze data, present results at scientific conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Motivated students with an interest in geophysical fluid mechanics, turbulence, renewable energy with an emphasis on offshore wind are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications Desired

  • BS or MS degree in physical sciences (atmospheric sciences, oceanography, engineering or a related discipline)
  • interest in field work and instrumentation
  • experience with field observations, data acquisition, and data processing is beneficial
  • willingness to travel

Application Procedure

Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Scott Miller (smiller@albany.edusmiller@albany.edu) or Dr. Jeff Freedman (jfreedman@albany.edu) by email before applying. Information on applying to the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany can be found at https://www.albany.edu/daes.

Start Date

The fall semester begins mid-late August 2021; however, the student may begin working in the lab during summer or earlier if interested and available.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applying to the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences for admission for fall semester 2021 is January 15, 2021.