Researcher in Blade Design Optimization

DTU Wind Energy
Monday 12 Jun 17

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The Aerodynamic Design section (AER) at DTU Wind Energy is looking for an expert in Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) to join the team around HAWTOpt2 (an MDAO design tool for wind turbine blades) and contribute to the development and application as a research, analysis and design tool.
AER focuses on aerodynamic and aero-acoustic modeling and experimental research for airfoil, blade design and optimization, and implements the research in cooperation with industry, in software tools and in courses. The research includes CFD and fluid-structure coupling for aeroelastic design of wind turbines in wind farms including effects from wakes and terrain, experimental investigations in wind tunnels and full-scale and aerodynamic noise modeling.
 
Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate should have a strong background in wind turbine aerodynamics and experience in structural engineering and programming. This includes experience using Blade Element Momentum (BEM) models, Vortex Dynamic (VD) models and/or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models. Prior programming experience in Python, OpenMDAO and Linux based clusters is prioritized, as well as experience in higher fidelity structural models like nonlinear beam, shell and solid FEM models, and anisotropic cross section analysis. Furthermore experience in multi-fidelity optimization and robust optimization is also an asset.

You will participate in a number of national and international research projects and contribute to the management and generation of new projects. There are also good opportunities for developing innovative ideas in the direction of commercial products.

The research aims at implementation in the industry in both short and long term, and is performed in collaboration with the industry, as well as other Danish and foreign research institutions.

The research will be in collaboration with other sections within the department and with other departments within DTU.
 
Qualifications
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.
 
The candidate will work with the team on national and international projects, applying and developing the optimization complex including the coupling to other codes, as well as the surrounding pre- and post-processing tools.
 
Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to
  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation
We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.
Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.
 
The position as researcher is a position as part of which the employee after a maximum of 4 years transfers to a position as senior research scientist provided that the employee is recommended for assessment and is deemed qualified. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

The place of work is Risø Campus in Roskilde.
 
Further information
Further information may be obtained from Frederik Zahle, frza@dtu.dk.
 
You can read more about DTU Wind Energy on www.vindenergi.dtu.dk 
 
Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 26 June 2017.
 
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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)
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • 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.

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 wind industry.
 
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.