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PhD opportunity in fine-scale atmospheric transport modeling – Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech

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A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position is available in the Applied Interdisciplinary Research on Flow Systems (AIRFlowS) laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. The position is for a PhD student interested in investigating the release and transport of hazardous pathogens in the atmosphere using fine-scale modeling (including LES) with WRF, and is available as early as summer/fall 2020. This GRA position is expected to be competitive as the Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering graduate programs at Virginia Tech are both highly ranked (7 and 9, respectively, in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report’s ranking) with several graduate applicants each year.

Desired qualifications: Strong programming skills including Fortran, bash scripting, and parallel computing, background in atmospheric modeling and familiarity with WRF (as evident from research projects or course work), background/interest in fluid mechanics and LES techniques, strong communication skills. Students with MS degree and previous research experience are given priority in considerations.

If interested, send 1) a short paragraph summarizing background and interest 2) CV and 3) transcript (All in one PDF file) to Dr. Foroutan ( in an email with the subject line: “WRF_PhD_2020”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.