PhD student in meteorology

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 29 Dec 2023

Published: 2023-11-20

PhD student in meteorology with focus on high-fidelity offshore wind farm modelling

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is Sweden´s largest and most versatile department of its kind with approximately 280 employees. Our activities are interdisciplinary and combine natural science and technology with social science. We have research programs in air, water and landscape science; geophysics; natural resources and sustainable development; petrology, mineralogy and tectonics; paleobiology, and wind energy. By investigating the history of Earth, we understand how our planet has developed over time and how sustainable development benefits from this knowledge. We have two campus one in Uppsala and one at Gotland. Read more here:

The Wind Energy Section is located at Campus Gotland, an international campus in the middle of world heritage town Visby. Our division is engaged in activities related to wind power project development and sustainable energy transition. These activities includes teaching, research and outreach. The group currently consists of about 25 persons who focus on the high fidelity modeling, planning, development and management of wind power projects as well as on sustainable energy transition. These individuals have a range of backgrounds and the group has competencies in technical, natural- and social science. The group’s teaching consists of both campus and distance education at the Bachelors level and beyond.

The section will expand in the coming year, we will hire six new PhD students with focus on wind energy. This is one of these six positions and the research project is a collaboration with the Wind Resource & Production Department at Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH based in Hamburg. The project is also a part of a large international academic collaboration network, e.g., Oldenburg University also located relatively close to the Vattenfall Office.

The division is located at Campus Gotland, an international campus in the middle of world heritage town Visby. Read more on the division's website .

Trends such as larger wind farms and larger wind turbine rotors require high fidelity models such as large-eddy simulation (LES) to predict and understand the underlying aerodynamic and meteorological phenomena. Within this PhD project you will be part of a research group that focuses on fluid mechanics of individual wind turbines and wind farms. The project is concerned with the development of new modelling capabilities of an established numerical model. The main focus will be on the development, implementation and validation of a solver in an existing GPU-resident Lattice Boltzmann framework. These new modelling capabilities shall be applied to the simulation of stratified atmospheric boundary layer flows and their interaction with large offshore wind farms. In addition to the work on research projects and graduate courses, you will participate in other activities within the section of wind energy. These may consist of teaching and/or administrative work and will be up to 20% of the work hours.

The position is located at Campus Gotland (Visby, Sweden). Within the 4 years, the PhD student will have an external research stay of three to six months at Vattenfall in Hamburg, Germany.

To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • hold a Master’s (second-cycle) degree in meteorology, physics, engineering or similar.
  • have completed at least 240 credits in higher education, with at least 60 credits at Master’s level including an independent project worth at least 15 credits, or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way.

For a PhD student it is required that you are admitted or will be admitted to research education where the ability to follow the research education is essential.

Knowledge in fluid dynamics, turbulence, and numerics is required alongside experiences in using advanced CFD tools and programming in object oriented languages. For personal characteristics, the applicant should be independent, flexible, high achievement orientated and possess a high ability to cooperate.

Additional qualifications
Experience in the development of advanced computational fluids dynamics (CFD) tools is meritorious, in particular using the lattice-Boltzmann method (LBM). Experience in high performance computing and the development GPU-applications (using CUDA) is also a plus. Furthermore, academic and/or industrial experience in the field of wind power is a merit.

The application should include a letter describing the applicant and his or her qualifications. It should also include CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis and publications. We encourage you to provide details of referees and/or attach a letter of recommendation.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %.Starting date 15 of May 2024 or as agreed. Placement: Visby

For further information about the position, please contact:Professor and Head of section Stefan Ivanell, [email protected] or +4618-471 83 60.

Please submit your application by 29 of December, UFV-PA 2023/4177.

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Placement: Department of Earth Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Visby

County: Gotlands län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben [email protected]
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/4177

Last application date: 2023-12-29

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