Postdoc in hydrodynamic loads and dynamics of offshore wind turbine substructures

DTU Wind Energy
Thursday 20 Jul 17

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The Fluid Mechanics Section at DTU Wind Energy offers a postdoc position within hydrodynamic loads and dynamics of offshore wind turbine substructures. The position is part of the DeRisk research project on extreme wave loads on bottom fixed offshore wind turbines. An important role of the postdoc will be to bridge between fundamental research on hydrodynamic load processes and the subsequent application in aero-elastic modelling and to enhance the collaboration with other groups in the department and industrial partners.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position is for 2.5 years and starts 1 September 2017. The candidate will conduct research into loads on offshore wind turbine substructures with a special focus on loads from nonlinear waves, the associated structural response and the interaction with the full wind turbine under simultaneous wind-wave forcing. During DeRisk a large data set for breaking wave loads have been acquired, and analysis of this data set will be a central part of the work along with modelling in a GPU based fully nonlinear wave model. The emphasis of the research is on transfer of physical knowledge to engineering models for breaking wave loads. Here also statistical and reliability-based methods can be applied.

The research will be conducted in the hydrodynamics group at DTU Wind Energy in collaboration with other postdocs and PhD students. DeRisk further involves a strong network and collaboration with national and international partners.

The candidate is expected to publish in leading international journals and at leading conferences. The position further involves supervision of MSc/PhD students and assistance with the coordination of DTUs activities in DeRisk.

The candidate must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), preferably 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 is further expected to have documented research experience within most of the following fields:

  • 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
  • mathematical modelling, numerical techniques and programming
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to
  • some teaching experience
  • scientific production and research potential at an international level
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation
We offer
DTU offers an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. 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.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate professor Henrik Bredmose, tel.: +45 4525 4315 or Head of Section Jens Nørkær Sørensen, tel.: +45 4525 4314.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 7 August 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 – an official translation into English)
  • List of publications
  • Documentation for teaching experience, if any (e.g. in the form of a teaching portfolio) 
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 has more than 240 staff members, including 150 academic staff members and approximately 50 PhD students. DTU Wind Energy has a considerable degree of innovation and cooperation with companies and sector associations within the wind industry in Denmark and abroad. The research is conducted within the three main topics wind energy systems, wind turbine technology, and basics for wind energy. DTU Wind Energy is one of the largest and most prominent research institutions within wind energy.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. 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.