Postdoc in Mesoscale modeling for offshore wind resource and power calculations

DTU Wind Energy
Monday 27 Aug 18

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The Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark is seeking a candidate for a postdoc position in the field of mesoscale modeling for offshore wind resource and power calculations. The position is in the Resource Assessment Modelling Section (RAM). The section carries out research and modelling of mesoscale and boundary-layer meteorology.  The section’s focus  is on assessment wind conditions at site level, including resources, wakes, turbulence, extreme values, variability, and uncertainty, plus other relevant meteorological quantities, and to disseminate knowledge of such to the energy sector. The postdoc will focus on the use of a atmosphere-wave-ocean coupled modelling system for wind-to-power conversion studies for clusters of large offshore wind farms.
Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc will be working on the topic of air-sea interaction using mesoscale modeling. Specifically, the post doc will be running an atmosphere-wave-ocean coupled modelling system. The post doc will apply this system to investigate the impact of the sea conditions and wind farm wakes on the generation of wind energy into the power system. The purpose is to evaluate the importance of a series of sea conditions on offshore wind farm wake impacts while further developing a cost-effective modeling system.
The successful candidate will work with a team applying mesoscale models to wind energy problems, the postdoc will support different national and international research projects related to onshore and offshore wind conditions. This includes the modelling and validation of a collection of storm events in the North Sea in connection with extreme wind and wave estimation. The candidate will also apply the modeling system for coastal civil research and applications where both winds and waves matter.
The successful candidate can also look forward to collaboration with other groups within the Wind Energy Department, in cross-disciplinary projects.
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.
Further qualifications

  • Experience in mesoscale modelling for offshore research and applications
  • Experience working with large datasets 
  • Experience running models on large computer clusters
  • Strong experience in Fortran 90, MPI and other programming languages such as Python, Matlab and Linux Shell
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Teamwork spirit
  • Experience with wind-wave-ocean coupled modelling
  • Experience with wind resource modelling, including WAsP and WEng software
  • Experience using wind turbine wake models
We offer
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.

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.

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Workplace and period of employment:

  • The workplace is the DTU Risø Campus
  • The period of employment is 2 years.
Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Xiaoli Guo Larsén, or +45 2132 7332 or Head of Section Jake Badger or +45 46775094.
You can read more about the Wind Energy Department at .
Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2018.
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)
  • 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.
DTU Wind Energy has more than 240 staff members, including 150 academic staff members and approximately 40 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 scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.