Postdoc in Aero-hydro-elastic Modelling of Offshore Wind Turbines

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The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a 2 year post-doctoral position in the Loads and Control Section (LAC) at DTU Risø Campus. DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to be the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. The department creates value for society through integration of research with education, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.

DTU Wind Energy develops state-of-the-art design methods to ensure the best performance, lowest cost and overall structural integrity of wind turbines as well as advance the design, operation and control of entire wind power plants for the future needs of the evolving energy system. This is a highly multi-disciplinary issue involving modelling of the non-stationary inflow field, aerodynamics, structural dynamics, structural stability and control. LAC focuses on modelling and analysis of loads and dynamics, aeroelastic stability, and control of wind turbines, and implements its research in software tools and in courses to the benefit of the wind energy community in general.

This postdoctoral position focuses on developing and applying theoretical expertise in wind turbine hydrodynamics in particular as a crucial element of the overall section and department activities in research, education and innovation.

Responsibilities and tasks

Your work will mainly be focused within offshore wind engineering activities in research and commercial projects in Loads and Control Section at DTU Wind Energy. Specific tasks will include:

  • Development and implementation of hydrodynamics modeling and simulation capabilities as part of a broader aero-servo-hydro-elastic modeling framework
  • Investigation of advanced topics related to hydrodynamic response of offshore wind turbine structures including extreme waves, soil-structure interaction and mooring dynamics
  • Modeling and analyzing the behavior of advanced offshore wind turbine and platform concepts in a broad range of met-ocean environments
  • Application of optimization methods in design of floating wind turbine systems

You will participate in a number of national and international research and innovation projects within the field of offshore wind loads and control and contribute to the management and generation of new projects. There are also good opportunities for developing innovative ideas in the direction of commercializing research as well as supporting department education activities.

The research aims at creating new valuable knowledge within the wind energy and hydrodynamics area and implementation at this in department activities as well as in the industry in both the short and long term. Much of our activities are performed in collaboration with the industry, as well as other Danish and foreign research institutions.

In addition, you are also expected to contribute to the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the ongoing projects in LAC including reporting and writing publications
  • Offer support and assistance in teaching the wind energy courses relating to offshore wind energy and hydrodynamics if required
  • Supervise our wind energy master students relating the hydrodynamics aspect and define the potential projects for the master students

The section for Loads and Control at DTU Wind Energy is looking for a post-doctoral candidate in the field of mechanical or civil engineering. The candidate must demonstrate profound knowledge in the fields of hydrodynamics and offshore wind energy. The candidate must hold a PhD degree in mechanical engineering, civil engineering or wind energy. Industry work experience in hydrodynamics and wind energy is preferable.

The candidate should have experience in most of the following areas:

  • linear and nonlinear wave hydrodynamics and wave loads
  • physical insight in analysis of measured data
  • aero-elastic modelling of offshore wind turbine structures and structural response
  • statistical and reliability-based methods
  • optimization
  • mathematical modelling, numerical techniques and programming

Experience with aero-elastic codes, such as HAWC2 and FAST, is preferable. Experience with programming languages/design tools, such as Fortran, Python, MATLAB and Simulink, is an advantage. It is important that you are open-minded, responsible, ready to engage in a team and have good communication skills.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position is a 2 year post-doctoral position.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Katherine Dykes, +45 21 79 92 59.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 December 2019 (local time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Wind Energy is a department at the Technical University of Denmark with the overall mission to develop and create value using the natural and technical sciences and focusing on wind energy for the benefit of society. This includes research and education in siting and integration, wind turbine technology, and offshore wind energy as well as scientific advice and testing and other research-based services. The department is an internationally leading centre in wind energy and cooperates with industry and institutions worldwide.

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