Julian Mak's homepage

I am currently an assistant professor (cf. lecturer in the UK system) at the Department of Ocean Sciences (OCES) at HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). I am generally interested in fluid dynamical questions relevant to geophysical and astrophysical systems, and have expertise in using/developing numerical models and inverse methods.

Beyond the page groupings, my contact details may be found under ABOUT, and a calendar of my schedule may be found under TRAVEL.


  • (ONGOING) If you are interested in joining as a PhD/MPhil student (no particular restrictions on nationality) to work on problems in physical oceanography / numerical modelling / data analyses / inverse methods (or even in biogeochemistry and/or ecological models), you are welcome to contact me to express an interest, but I am currently financially committed so I am not able to confirm offers (probably until at least Feb/Mar 2020). Generally, a willingness to do some scientific programming is essential, and a background in some of physics/mathematics/computer science/engineering/ environmental science will be highly desirable.

    For people looking for post-docs, we anticipate to be able to support multiple positions in physical oceanography at HKUST OCES in studying fundamental processes, numerical modelling (ocean and/or atmosphere + coupling), numerical methods. Please get in touch if you think you have the related expertise (experience ideal but not strictly necessary)!

  • Animation showing vertical component of vorticity from a NEMO custom model over the first 10 years (UNAGI, 10km resolution, beta plane).

  • Recent news

  • [22 Aug 19] Welcome to Han Seul LEE who recently joined as a PhD student! She will be working on South China Sea circulation and inverse models.
  • I am to be one of the invited speakers at the Cross-Disciplinary sessions of the AAPPS-DPP2019 Plasma Physics conference, at Hefei, China in November
  • Giving a seminar at NOC-Liverpool on Wednesday 5th June
  • Visiting NCAR in Boulder between 14th and 17th May, and attending the ECCO Summer Workshop 2019 at Friday Harbour Labs, University of Washington between 19th and 31th of May
  • Co-organiser for the Rotating Fluids meeting 2019 with a theme of "oceans" (twitter handle #RotatingFluids)