PhD Research Fellow in Wind Farm Control

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PhD Research Fellow in Wind Farm Control
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About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in Mechatronics, affiliated to the Department of Engineering Sciences , for a period of three years, or four years with 25% required duties. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.


The last decade has seen a continuous increase in the wind energy production. This rapid growth is driven by the ever-growing quest for cleaner and greener energy with reduced carbon footprint. Wind energy projects are today developed mainly as large wind farms or clusters of wind farms. The wind farms are preferred way of harnessing the wind energy due to reduced costs related to land use, electrical grid and maintenance, but the down side is the decreased power production as compared to same number of individual turbines and larger load fluctuations due to turbulence.

The candidate will mainly work on identifying the plant-model mismatch using plant measurement. Advanced estimation techniques that are feasible for real time implementation will be developed to detect the difference between model and the actual measurements. The estimated models will then be used to design control system for the optimal operaion of wind farm.

Required qualifications
  • master’s degree, with a minimum grade B, in Control Engineering or a similar/related field, preferably specializing in control design, system identification, state estimation, or fault detection. This year’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree this springterm can also apply.
  • strong analytical skills
  • documented experience related to control system design, simulation techniques, flow dynamics and modelling
  • written and spoken English proficiency. International candidates that are not exempt from the English language requirements pursuant to the guidelines of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), must document this through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:
    • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 600 for the Paperbased Test (PBT), or 92 for the Internet-based Test (iBT)
    • IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with the result of 6.5

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research and development work.

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is to be admitted to UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Science .

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident .

Desired qualifications

·         strong programming skills and experience with Matlab/C++/Python/R are essential

·         good  hands-on experience with and working knowledge of  control system design, fluid dynamics and modelling of physical systems


Personal qualities

The successful candidate should:

  • be self-motivated, creative and independent;
  • possess strong communication and cooperation skills;
  • be able to work independently and in a team;

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer
  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 482 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

Women/men are strongly encouraged to apply for the position. 

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology . Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process .

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • References
  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these
  • Candidates must submit maximum 2-page essay reflecting their suitability for and expectations from this position.  
  • Any other relevant documentation

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 28.04.21



For questions about the position:

  • Associate Professor Muhammad Faisal Aftab, tel. +47 37233477, e-mail
  • Assistant leader of the Department: Tom V. Nilsen, mobile 915 90 539, e-mail tom.v.nilsen

For questions about the application process:

  • Higher Executive Officer Lise Askbo Fylkesnes, tel. +47 37 23 31 25, e-mail:
  • HR-adviser Solveig Margrethe Roland Svendsberget, tel. 38 14 24 44, e-mail:

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

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