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CSC-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 11/2020:
Analysis of the urban wind field for wind-energy production using a network and data base of high-resolution measurements

Topic Description:During a pilot study funded by the state government in 2012, a network of high resolution
3D wind measurements stations was installed at the Morgenstelle campus site of the university of Tübingen. Sonic anemometers attached to buildings (roofs, balconies, etc) collected (and are still collecting) already for several years the wind field above and through this urban site on top of a hill, characterized by several up to 50 m high concrete buildings. Already potential positions for wind converters are identified, but before this investment can be carried out, further data analysis is required. A tight cooperation with the graduate school Windy Cities at the university of Stuttgart (that is going to install lidar systems at our test site) is already established. The main tasks for the new PhD candidate includes maintenance of the stations and the data base, data quality control and the
numerical simulation for the urban wind field. Precise positions for wind turbines of certain size have to be determined with respect to amortization. Finally a method has to be developed, how our approach of optimizing urban wind-energy production can be exported to other sites and cities.

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Institute/Section/Subject:Centre for Applied Geo-Science, Environmental Physics

Supervising Professors:Prof. Dr. habil. Jens Bange and Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Platis (

About the Supervisors:atmospheric physics, turbulence, boundary-layer meteorology, wind energy, gases,air particles (from fine dust to pollen), sensor development, airborne measurement technology

Requirements for the application:Required Degrees: physics or meteorology or CFD / fluid-mechanical engineering
Language Requirements: English
Notes: We are looking for PhD a candidate who combines measurement technology and field work with numerical simulations. Programming skills and experience with larger data bases are essential for this study. Both funding lines A and B (full time or sandwich) are possible.

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.


CSC-Tübingen PhD Program
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Chinese nationals inside and outside of China wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.


  • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Chinese universities
  • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Chinese universities and research institutions

Target group:
Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Chinese universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application

Details: Full time fellowship:
  • postgraduate students who want to carry out their complete doctoral studies at the University of Tübingen
  • up to 48 months
  • degree conferred by the University of Tübingen

Details: Part time fellowship (sandwich model):
  • doctoral students who want to carry out their research and studies alternatively at their home universities and the University of Tübingen. They follow a schedule set in advance by both the Chinese supervisors and supervisors at the University of Tübingen
  • 6-24 months in Tübingen
  • degree conferred by the Chinese home university

Funding (part-time fellowship):
  • Annual living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government (which includes Overseas Student Health Cover) for 6-24 months

  • Funding (full-time fellowship):
    • Annual living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government (which includes Overseas Student Health Cover)
    • Return airfare to Germany
    • Visa application fees
    • Support for the attendance of international conferences during the second and third year (up to 1000€ granted to successful applicants)

    • Tuition waiver
    • Option to take German language classes provided by the University of Tübingen during the first year
    • Accommodation offered in Tübingen student dormitories depending on availability
    • Opportunities to gain additional teaching and research experience as well as economic benefits from the University of Tübingen from the second year onward (depending on the ability of the applicant and the situation of the respective institute)

    Application Process:
    • Jan 15: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • by March 1: Successful applicants will be officially informed
    • by April 5: Invited applicants have to register with the CSC according to the regulations of the CSC.
    • by May 31: Final decisions about the allocation of scholarships will be made by the CSC
    • June: Program participants will be invited for a welcome seminar in Beijing
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen
    • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies.

    How to Apply:
    In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
    • Cover/Motivation letter
    • CV
    • Research proposal
    • Academic transcripts
    • Proof of proficient skills in the required languages (if possible certificates, proficiency=comprehension of a wide range of demanding, longer texts as well as fluent and spontaneous expression allowing a flexible and effective language use for social, academic and professional purposes.)

    For questions please contact the representation of the University of Tübingen in Beijing:
    European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS)
    Mr. Christian Buskühl
    Peking University Pacific Science and Technology Development Center
    52, Haidian Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080 / Room 708
    北京大学太平洋科技发展中心, 北京市 海淀区 海淀路52号 708室 / 邮编: 100080

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