Researcher in Mesoscale and Wind Farm Wake Modelling

DTU Wind Energy
Friday 07 Jul 17

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The Department of Wind Energy at DTU is seeking a candidate for a researcher position in the field of mesoscale and wind farm wake modelling. The position is in the Resource Assessment Modelling Section (RAM).

The section researches in the field of assessment of wind resources for power generation and of loads on turbines and various other structures. The research applies both micro and mesoscale modelling of wind conditions for the purposes of wind energy, i.e. resources, extremes, variability and other relevant qualities.

Our day-to-day work ranges from the development of models and software, applying field measurements and assessment studies. We also study environmental problems related to the transport of air borne pollution and turbulence exchange of matter during interaction between the atmosphere and terrestrial or marine surfaces.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position’s main focus is to advance science in the field of mesoscale modelling within wind energy sector particular in the area of wind farm wake modelling. To do that new understanding of processes in the boundary layer and at the atmospheric mesoscale that influence wind farm wakes needs to be gained. Research in to improving accuracy and value of wind resource assessment generally will also be conducted.

The successful candidate will work with a team applying mesoscale models to wind energy problems, both in research and commercial projects. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with other groups within the Wind Energy Department, in cross disciplinary projects. As well as developing and implementing new ideas within wind energy meteorology, the successful candidate would be expected to write scientific articles, project applications, attend and contribute to conferences, workshops and project meetings.

The applicant should have 

  • PhD in meteorology, climatology or other closely related fields
  • Experience in running, modifying and analyzing the output of a mesoscale model; experience with WRF is an advantage
  • Experience using wind turbine wake models
  • Experience developing wind farm wake models
  • Experience with programing languages (Fortran, C, or C++, Python), data processing software (e.g. IDL, NCL, R, or MATLAB), scripting (e.g. Python, Perl, C-shell) and familiarity with Linux (or MAC OS) environment
  • Experience using the WAsP software
  • Experience running programs on large computer clusters
  • Strong understanding of atmospheric boundary layer processes influencing modelling of wind farm wakes
  • Ability to work independently and to efficiently deliver results on time
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under set deadlines
  • Good record of peer-reviewed scientific publication
  • Willingness to travel globally for project meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Experience with wind energy resource assessment or other meteorological applications to wind energy or renewable energy
  • Experience running atmospheric models on large computer clusters
  • Experience in supervision of Master and PhD students

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to 

  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (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.

The post of researcher is a permanent post as part of which the employee after a maximum of 4 years transfers to a position as senior researcher provided that the employee is recommended for assessment and is deemed qualified. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU  

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

Further information
You are welcome to contact Head of Section Jake Badger, phone +45 4677 5094 or e-mail:  

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy our homepage  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than July 30, 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

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.