Software Development Engineer for Wind Farm Optimization and Wind Resource Assessment

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The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a Software Development Engineer in the Wind Energy Systems Division at DTU Risø Campus in Denmark. DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to support the global wind energy sector to achieve 100% green energy globally. 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 modeling of wind flow, aerodynamics, structures, controls, and more at varying levels of fidelity. The Wind Energy Systems division focuses on engineering models for wind farm control, wind farm design optimization and wind resource assessment, and disseminates its research through software tools and courses for the benefit of the wind energy community in general.

This position focuses on developing and applying theoretical expertise in wind farm optimization and wind resource assessment in particular as a crucial element of the overall department activities in research, education and innovation.

The software development engineer position is a 2-years contract, with possibilities for conversion to permanent employee.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your work will mainly be focused within systems engineering and optimization activities in research and commercial projects, working along-side researchers and other developers. Specific tasks will include:

  • Implement or Development of models for wind farm physics for the PyWAsP framework
  • Development and adaptation of models for wind farm physics and costs for the TOPFARM-PyWake wind farm optimization framework
  • Executing wind farm optimization studies in a range of applications including but not limited to: wind farm layout optimization, design of wind farm collection systems, hybrid plant sizing and physical design, etc.
  • Participation on commercial projects for improving wind farm optimization practice by industry

In addition, you will support the activities on the overall maintenance, documentation, training and support of the TOPFARM-PyWake wind farm optimization framework and model suite, as well as the PyWAsP platform.

The position aims at creating new valuable knowledge within the wind farm systems engineering and optimization area and implementation of this in department activities as well as in the industry in both the short and long term. Much of our activities are performed in collaboration with the industry, as well as other Danish and foreign research institutions.

In addition, the candidate is expected to contribute to the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the ongoing projects in DTU Wind Energy with reporting and administration
  • Offer support and assistance in teaching the wind energy courses relating to systems engineering and optimization and developing course materials if required

The Wind Energy Systems Divison at DTU Wind Energy is looking for a software development engineer with a background in optimization and applied mathematics and its application in wind energy. The candidate must hold a degree in relevant engineering and/or computer science disciplines. Key skills of interest include:

  • Python / NumPy / FLASK / Fortran / Julia programming languages and scientific libraries
  • netCDF and XArray, OGC WMS/WCS (MapServer / GeoServer), PostGIS servers
  • OpenMDAO and High Performance Computing including OpenMP/MPI libraries
  • Ansible, SQL server, XML Schemas, GitLab CI, Machine Learning / Big Data,

Experience with advanced multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization (MDAO) methods using both gradient, heuristic, meta-heuristic and mixed methods is preferable. Experience with uncertainty quantification and data-science techniques is also preferable.

It is important that you are open-minded, responsible, ready to engage in a team and have good communication skills.

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Salary and appointment terms
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 workplace is DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 4 December 2020 (Danish time). Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

If you would like additional information about the position, you are welcome to contact Neil Davis, phone +45 9351 1311 or e-mail:

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy our homepage:

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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 is one of the largest and most prominent research institutions within wind energy.

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 12,000 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 and in Sisimiut in Greenland.