PhD Position in Wind Power Plant Controls at Technical University of Denmark

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in sustainable development at Technical University of Denmark. This position is available for 3 years. The deadline for applying is November 23, 2019.

The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a PhD position in the Loads and Control Section (LAC) at DTU Ris 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.

Research and innovation in wind power plant controls that seek to balance system level objectives around maximizing energy / revenue production, mitigating loads across the turbine fleet / improving reliability, and serving additional needs such as electric grid ancillary services, noise mitigation and more are critical to realizing the full potential of wind energy. The present PhD project addresses key research areas in the field of wind power plant controls including development of computationally efficient but still accurate models of fatigue loading of wind turbines within a power plant over their lifetime and exploration of both open- and closed-loop control strategies that balance loading / reliability against plant energy production. A key sub-theme of this PhD is investigation of novel sensing technologies that may enhance the potential of different wind power plant control strategy solutions.

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Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree in wind energy, aerospace engineering or closely related field. The successful candidate is required to have:

Fluency in communicating and reporting in English

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Head of Section Katherine Dykes and Senior Researcher Gunner Larsen.

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.

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 period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Katherine Dykes, tel.: +45 2179 9259.

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy at

Please submit your online application no later than 23 November 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.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world's largest centres of wind energy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 37 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department's cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry.

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian rsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup.

Deadline: November 23, 2019
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