Available Positions

Prospective Graduate Students

Currently, we have openings and funding in our research group to support new students who wish to pursue a PhD.

We encourage you to apply to the University of California at Berkeley and to the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. You may apply for graduate admission to either the UC Berkeley Department of Mechanical Engineering or the UC Berkeley Graduate Program in Applied Science and Technology. Be sure to note in the online application that you want to work in fluids and in computation. Also check the PhD box (not the Masters Degree box) on the application. To ensure that your application is directed to our Laboratory, please list Professor Philip Marcus as the faculty member with whom you would like to work.

At the present time, our research group uses computational methods to study:

  • Internal and inertial gravity waves (in oceans and atmospheres)
  • Planet formation
  • Star formation
  • Long-term climate cycles on Jupiter
  • Dynamics of the atmosphere of Saturn
  • Water desalination
  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Turbulence, waves, and vortices in rotating, stratified flows in the lab, ocean, atmosphere, and astrophysical settings
  • Bayesian optimization
  • Shape optimization using design by morphing
  • Equatorial thermal wind equation
  • Spectral methods for flow simulations
  • Convolution Neural Networks (CNNs) for physics constrained PDEs
  • Vortex dynamics for aero-/hydro-/astrophysics

In writing the essays for your graduate application, please be very specific in specifying what areas of research you wish to pursue and why.

Other Positions

Undergraduate research positions (paid positions for the summer of 2013 and unpaid research positions for upper division Berkeley 199-level courses) for current UC Berkeley undergraduates are available. Send your CV to Professor Marcus at his email address on the homepage with “Intern” in the title. At the current time, we have no available positions for non-Berkeley students.

At the current time, we have no positions for postdoctoral applicants unless they have their own funding. However, qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for Miller Research Fellowships.