PhD position in planetary ripples at Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University, Texas, United States
Start reviewing process: 4 April 2024

We are advertising a three-year PhD position to start in the fall and funded by a NSF project led by me and Dr. Freddie Witherden. The project will investigate the emergence of a new type of wind ripples on Earth using a combination of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and grain-scale transport simulations. The main goal is to uncover the physical mechanisms controlling the origin and scaling of meso-scale bedforms (ripples) on Earth, and by extension, on water and other planetary bodies such as Mars, Titan and Venus.

We are looking for a motivated student interested in planetary geomorphology, two-phase flows, CFD and DEM models.

Those interested should send me a CV and a brief letter of interest to


Orencio Duran Vinent; Assistant Professor
Ocean Engineering; Texas A&M University; College Station, TX

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group