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) I have money left over to fund a PhD/MEnv student (no particular restrictions on nationality) to work on either theoretical aspects of baroclinic lifecycles or something to do with probing South China Sea circulation through inverse methods. 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. Please get in touch if you are interested!

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

  • Recent news

  • 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)