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Johannes Boog, Dr.-Ing.

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Helmholtz-Zentrum f├╝r Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ
Permoserstra├če 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The Department of Environmental Informatics is seeking for a motivated and reliable candidate to conduct a master thesis research project on software development and modeling of nature-based technologies for wastewater treatment.

Masterthesis Environmental modeling/Environmental Informatics (m/f/x)

Further development and application of an R package to control numerical transport models for treatment wetlands.

Your tasks:

The discharge of untreated and/or non-adequately treated wastewater is still a major source of the pollution of surface and sub-surface water bodies. Treatment wetlands have become an increasingly recognized nature-based technology for wastewater treatment. The system analysis of this technology using process-based numerical modeling is an important method to gain a deeper system understanding and to further optimize treatment efficacy. Unfolding the full potential of this method requires workflows that allow to conduct the numerous computer simulations and required pre- and post-processing steps involved in an efficient and user friendly way.
This project will, therefore, focus on the extension and application of an existing open-source modeling workflow for treatment wetlands. The candidate will further develop an R package to bridge our in-house software OpenGeoSys with the R statistical software environment. The R-package is then to be used to adapt an existing transport model to different wetland technologies.

Specific tasks are:

  • Extension of the existing modeling workflow in R and OpenGeoSys
    • Software development of the interface R2OpenGeoSys using the R statistical software environment
  • Application of the workflow (pre-processing, simulation, post-processing) to calibrate and validate transport models of experimental pilot-scale wetlands
According to the candidates interests and capabilities, modification of the topic towards more software development or application is possible.
This project can be started as soon as possible.

Your profile:

  • Student of environmental informatics, applied informatics, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, hydrology or related discipline
  • Self-sufficiency and reliability
  • Basic experience with R
  • Experience with numerical transport modeling, Python and/or OpenGeoSys are an asset

We offer:

  • A close and good care
  • Exciting insights into the work of a leading institute
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • The possibility to introduce your own ideas and impulses from the beginning