Three Head of Divisions for DTU Wind Energy

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Do you have solid management and leadership skills as well as a strong scientific background within wind energy? Do you want to contribute to a central part of an internationally leading department of a highly reputed technical university? Are you visionary and with the capabilities to ensure a good start for one of our three new divisions?

DTU Wind Energy is a department at the Technical University of Denmark located in the greater Copenhagen area. The overall mission is to develop and create value using the natural and technical sciences and focusing on wind energy for the benefit of society. The department is an internationally leading center in wind energy and cooperates with industry and institutions worldwide. This includes research and education in siting and integration, wind turbine technology, offshore wind and materials and structures for wind energy.
We believe that cooperation between scientist and scientific disciplines and a balanced portfolio of research and innovation, education and research-based advice and services is the best way to create value for society.


The Job
You will be head of one of our three new divisions and member of the Department management group. The new divisions are: Materials, Components and Structures, Wind Energy Systems and Wind Turbine Design. The divisions will have 60-90 employees with a number of scientific- or technical managers referring to you. The new organization will be finally designed and implemented in cooperation with the new Heads of Division as soon as they are hired.


The divisions will be responsible for strengthening and further development of the research areas within the division, including the overall strategy and the operations, but also creating suitable business models for the development of the areas.

Materials, Components and Structures

Materials, Components and Structures will deal with research areas related to wind energy component and structural design, including the relevant materials. Research aims at closing the gaps in the design-manufacture-test-monitoring loop in order to develop more efficient materials and structures. By linking the numerical methods and testing from microscale, over coupons and sub-scale components to full scale the research focus on increased reliability of structures. As part of that, the fatigue performance of materials and structures, and lifetime predictability of individual components is in focus. A specific target is to ensure sustainability of wind turbine materials and structures based on life cycle analysis.


More specifically, the expertise within the division will cover:

  • Mechanics and analysis of materials and structures including microstructural characterization and manufacturing
  • Models as well as design and testing methods for reliable structural design of wind turbine components, with focus on blades, mechanical components (bearings) and substructures for onshore and offshore applications
  • Full-scale blade test facility which includes manufacturing capabilities, enabling links between design, manufacturing and testing of blades and substructures
  • Offshore substructure design methods, including floating foundations
Wind Turbine Design

Wind Turbine Design will deal with research topics covering the entire range from aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loading through dynamics and aeroelasticity to turbine control and turbine system design. Validation and tests at various level of details, including development of measurement systems is part of the scope of the division


More specifically, the expertise within the division will cover:

  • Computational fluid dynamics for airfoils and rotors, including aero-acoustics and hydrodynamics for wave loading
  • Turbine structural dynamics and aeroelasticity
  • Models and design tools for wind turbine loads and control
  • Optimization methods for wind turbine blade and system design
  • Experimental methods for turbines, including sensor development, data management, HW and SW development
  • Testing and validation ranging from wind tunnel testing to prototype performance testing
Wind Energy Systems

Wind Energy Systems will deal with research areas covering the overall system design of wind energy systems, including the external conditions, wind power plant and hybrid system control and performance and the electrical system. Focus is on the atmospheric modelling from climate to energy production, the prediction of site-specific performance and wind farm and hybrid system control and optimization. Furthermore, integration of wind power in the power system and planning issues are addressed.


More specifically, the expertise within the division will cover:

  • Offshore meteorology and air-sea interctions
  • Atmospheric flow modeling for resource assessment, turbulence and extreme wind conditions
  • Wind farm and hybrid system modelling, control and optimization
  • Weather dependent power generation and control of operation of wind plants with advanced grid Models and tools for electrical infrastructure design and offshore transmission design
  • Experimental methods  and remote sensing for assessment and validation of external conditions and wind plant performance, including sensor development, data management, HW and SW development
  • Social acceptance, public participation, planning and innovation processes in the wind industry

Your areas of responsibility

  • Develop, coordinate and align division strategy with Department strategy
  • Create and project a strong research profile of the division
  • Strengthening cooperation with academia and industry
  • Management of programs and strategic projects in the division and the department
  • Ensuring communication and dissemination of section activities to professional and non-professional interest groups
  • Keeping up and widening contacts and collaboration with national and international partners from the wind industry and universities
  • Overall responsible for the budget (income/expenses) and resource allocation within the division
  • Responsible for managing and developing research facilities within the division
  • Nurturing a creative and attractive working environment, with focus on cooperation and addressing conflicts

Visionary manager
The ideal candidate can be recognized in the following description:

  • Visionary manager with motivating leadership skills
  • Experience in strategic management as well as resource management
  • Several years of professional experience within the division research area
  • A strong professional and international network within wind energy
  • Academic education, preferably supplied with a business degree
  • Commercial drive with experience in obtaining internal and external funding is preferable
  • Full of initiative with strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in English is mandatory, with a willingness to learn Danish

What DTU offers in return
We offer a challenging job in an international environment focusing on research, education, innovation, and authority services beneficial for the society. There is a high focus on developing professional competences and the job offers great flexibility. The workplace is in one of the most beautiful locations in Denmark.

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.


DTU is continuously working to professionalize management. The work is specified in the DTU Leadership Role, which describes DTU’s expectations of the professional and personal competences of its managers. The DTU Leadership Role is based on four cornerstones: Academic management, Resource management, People management, and Strategic management. In addition, handling a leadership role at DTU is contingent on the individual manager bringing personal leadership into play. This means, for example, that all managers have an eye for supporting the generation of results through interaction between people. To find out more about DTU’s Leadership Role, see the website.


Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

The workplace is in greater Copenhagen at either Risø Campus in Roskilde or Lyngby Campus.


Application and contact
DTU welcomes applications for the open positions. In your motivation, please specify which division or divisions you would like to head.


Please submit your online application no later than Sunday 24 November 2019.  Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV (in English or
Danish). Preferably also relevant exam certificates and publications list.

Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Peter Hauge Madsen, +45 4677 5001 or HR Partner Ane Tind Skak, +45 61664550.

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 divisions focusing on Materials, Components and Structures, Wind Turbine Design and Wind Energy Systems. DTU Wind Energy is one of the largest and most prominent research institutions within wind energy. Website:

Technology for people
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 Ørsted 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.