Scientist, river modelling –

Water-to-Cloud Project

 

About the Tata Center for Development (TCD)
Based at the University of Chicago Trust in India, the TCD works to identify novel solutions
to India’s most pressing development challenges and to ensure that these ideas are
translated into outcomes that improve people’s lives. We do this using a unique approach
that harnesses rigorous, evidence-based insights from UChicago economics research
combined with strategic outreach and partnership with government, industry, and
innovators. Representing the joint work of the Tata Trusts and the University of Chicago,
TCD is creating a new model for impact in India. TCD is an affiliated center of the Becker
Friedman Institute for Economics.

About the Project
In the Water-to-Cloud project we use a cyberphysical sensing network deployed in large
bodies of water such as rivers and lakes to gain a better understanding of river pollution, its
spread, its origins, and its socio-economic impact. Water bodies examined so far have been
sections of the Ganga , Yamuna, Brahmaputra along with lakes in Bangalore in India. We
use mobile sensing platforms (using commercial components) that continually monitor
water quality parameters, thus creating a high resolution spatial and temporal map of the
river that is then transmitted to and curated on the Cloud on an open access data platform.
This data will then be used, in conjunction with physics and machine learning based models,
to project the spread of pollution, pin-point sources of pollution, and correlate river quality
data with socio-economic indicators. Specific details on the work done so far are available at
thoreau.uchicago.edu


Type of Position: Consultant

Location: Varanasi / Kolkata region preferred, but location is negotiable.

Role:
We are seeking a scientist with a background in fluid flow modeling to work on the Water-
to-Cloud project, in order to set up and execute mathematical models to study the flow and

spread of pollution in rivers and lakes. The scientist will work closely with experimentalists
and will use data generated by the sensor network to refine the simulations of the flow.
The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading science and engineering
researchers at the University of Chicago. The person will be working directly with Prof
Supratik Guha at the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Principal Investigator for this
project and with other India based colleagues on the project. This is a temporary position
required to set up and execute the hydrodynamic model interface for the pilot project on
the Ganga River, as conceived by the Principal Investigator.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Sets up, run and evaluate hydrodynamic flow models for water bodies under study.
Interact with experimentalists in the group for the design of experiments.

• Execute the plan of PI and Project Manager for providing hydrodynamic flow
modelling data for an end-to-end water to cloud system.
• Acquire, organize and analyze environmental field data.
• Perform quality-control checks on model input and results.
• Develop statistical and graphical comparisons of model results and data.
• Automation of graph generation, documentation of processes, development and
O&M as requested by PI.

Qualifications:
• We prefer a Ph.D. in the sciences or engineering with knowledge of fluid mechanics
and experience in fluid flow or hydrological modelling. Experience in the use of
engineering software packages will be helpful. For the candidate with the right
expertise, a Masters degree will be adequate as well.
• Experience with Matlab, R, modelling programs, etc. suitable.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Understanding of large sets of data useful.
• Experience with automation of data analytics to support the research design
preferred.

Competencies:
• Attention to detail required.
• Strong programming and data analytics skills.
• Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• A desire for learning and innovating continuously is a must.

To Apply:
• Fill the form at goo.gl/nkvEW2 (do include your CV and cover letter)
• For queries write to Professor Supratik Guha: guha@uchicago.edu (CC’ing Priyank
Hirani: phirani.iic@gmail.com)