Postdoctoral Position - Stability of Convective Loops (S2T Unit)

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Position summary:

The Shocks, Solitons & Turbulence (S2T) Unit is looking for a postdoctoral scholar to study the stability of convective loops using mathematical and computational techniques. We want to understand how acoustic wave generation and propagation can be engineered and optimized depending on the heat source/sink strengths and positions, the orientation of the loop (with respect to gravity), and the operating point in the thermodynamic space (phase diagram). This research is part of a larger effort to design eco-friendly energy convertors for water extraction. The work is theoretical in nature, and we are looking for talented applied mathematicians. However, the S2T team also builds simple demonstrators and there is ample scope for the theory to be directly fed into the lab. For this reason, excellent team spirit is required.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


  1. Perform innovative research in the context given above (see position summary)
  2. Publish the results in high-quality journals
  3. Present the results at conferences



  1. PhD in Fluid Mechanics, or related discipline
  2. Solid experience with stability analyses and/or high-performance computing
  3. Proficiency in English


  1. Experience with compressible flows and thermodynamics
  2. Experience with linear-stability and bifurcation theories
  3. Experience with Python and Fortran languages

Report to 

Professor Emile Touber / Shocks, Solitons and Turbulence Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years

Working hours: Discretionary

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:


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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in English
  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Contact details of at least two referees

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Application Due Date 

Open until filled


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