Postdoc(s) in “Grid integration and control of offshore wind power”

DTU Wind Energy
Wednesday 21 Jun 17

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Come join the team that will solve one of the biggest challenges of wind power today

The Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) is seeking one or two postdoctoral researchers working with grid integration and control of offshore wind power. You will be part of the international team carrying out research in wind power integration and control, where the working language is English.

DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to be the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. 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.

The position will be in the Section for Integration and Planning (INP). Research in INP is oriented towards issues that are relevant for industrial development and applications, and we work in projects with system integration, control concepts for wind turbines, wind power plants, electrical components, grid connection and large-scale wind energy penetration.

Responsibilities and tasks
Offshore wind power is now developing rapidly in Northern Europe. So far, the offshore wind power development has mainly taken place in the North Sea Region but offshore wind energy has a significant potential in other places as well.

In order to accommodate the full potential of Europe’s offshore wind power resources, network infrastructures are required, linking offshore wind power hubs and onshore grids in different countries. The HVDC technology is applied for offshore interconnectors between countries and recently also for grid connection of clusters of offshore wind power plants which are located far from the land. At the same time, the increased requirements for grid integration of wind power technology (onshore and offshore) are pushing towards the development of experimental facilities used for validation of new electrical design and control technologies, for both AC and DC connections.

The postdoc will work with grid integration of offshore wind power

  • Offshore wind via HVDC technology, both using voltage-source-converters (VSC) and diode-rectifier units (DRU)
  • Advanced testing of wind turbines with grid emulators
  • Wind turbine converter control and electrical design
The postdoc is also expected to contribute to the development of converter based laboratory setup aimed at facilitating R&D on grid integration of offshore wind power.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.

Further qualifications
Candidates should have excellent knowledge of:
  • wind power technology
  • wind turbine converter control
  • grid codes (AC and DC)
  • RMS and/or EMT simulations of wind turbine converters and HVDC links
Successful candidates are expected to have documented experience with converter based experimental systems.

Prior experience with harmonization/standardization work will be appreciated.

Other qualifications:
  • ability to work independently towards the research goals
  • ability to collaborate with other researchers
  • fluency in communicating, reading and writing English
  • excellent track record of papers in conferences and journals
We offer
We offer 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 (AC). The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years.

The place of work will be DTU Wind Energy, Risø Campus at Roskilde, Denmark.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Jens Carsten Hansen, +45 4677 5074 or Senior Researcher Nicolaos Cutululis, +45 2132 4965.

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy on http://www.vindenergi.dtu.dk/

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 August 2017. Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk

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 (an official translation into English)
  • 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 the wind industry.

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.