BTPC Director Brad Marston elected to APS presidential line

Brown Theoretical Physics Center Director Brad Marston has been elected to the presidential line of the American Physical Society. Professor Marston will serve as vice president starting in 2024,  as president-elect in 2025, and as president in 2026.

Professor Marston / Photo: A. Green

He joins two Brown faculty members as past presidents of the APS with connections to the Theoretical Physics Center: co-founding Director Jim Gates (APS president in 2021), and Carl Barus (1856-1935, APS president in 1905-1906), professor of physics and Dean of the Graduate School. The BTPC is housed in the Barus Building.

Professor Marston, who helped start the APS Topical Group on the Physics of Climate and Brown’s Initiative for Sustainable Energy, said in his presidential candidacy statement:

“An understanding of physics endows us with critical perspectives to address the global threats of nuclear warfare and climate change and respond to the urgent call for global equity and sustainable sources of energy. It prepares us to confront emergent challenges such as quantum information and the rapid ascendance of artificial intelligence. In times of political tension, such as during the Cold War, physics brought people together to advance not just our understanding of science but also our mutual empathy and respect.”

Professor Barus / Photo: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2007-0183

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Professor Gates

Candidate Search: Postdoctoral Research Associate (LES)

An interdisciplinary group of physical scientists and engineers at Brown University are searching for one postdoctoral researcher to study air-sea interaction in the marine boundary layer with applications to offshore wind energy.

The researchers will join a team of oceanographers, climate modelers, physicists, and fluid dynamitists working to

●      Study key aspects of the fluid mechanics of offshore wind farms, including waves, winds, oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers, and wind farm wakes,

●      Develop multiscale and direct statistical simulations of turbulent flow in and around floating offshore wind farms embedded within the marine atmospheric boundary layer enabling the optimized extraction of energy,

●      Study potential offshore sites and dynamics with observations and laboratory experiments.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated expertise in large eddy simulation modeling, wave modeling, high-performance computing, and geophysical fluid dynamics or boundary layer dynamics.

The successful candidate will be directly supported by a broad team spanning New England. They will have leeway for scientific exploration and self-directed research.

The position salary is $70,000 for two years, with the possibility of extension. Hosting or traveling to research visits will be supported, though not required. Start dates can be as early as 10/1/23, though there is some flexibility. Significant additional research, computing, and travel support is available to facilitate this work. The successful candidate will be based at Brown University.

Please direct questions to Baylor Fox-Kemper:

For more information please visit the application portal.

Open date: Aug 31, 2023