Research Technician for Mechanical Testing of Composites for Wind Turbine Blades

Tuesday 04 Jan 22

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If you want to make a difference for the environment, and are looking for a job that satisfy your personal ambitions and curiosity, you might be our new colleague. At DTU Wind Energy, you will join a team of dedicated researchers, engineers and research technicians – working together with the goal of exploring and understanding composites for wind turbine blades.

Over the last 40 years, wind turbine blades have grown in size and complexity. This development is closely linked with an improved understanding of the performance of composite materials. Experimental work in the composite labs at DTU Wind Energy is coupled with research and development on the special mechanical performance of composites covering themes of manufacturing, leading edge erosion, recycling, and fatigue properties.

The job
The position will be anchored in the Section of Composites Manufacturing and Testing with 22 employees. Your daily work will take place in the mechanical testing laboratory (Testlab), where you will contribute to the work of testing and developing new test methods for composite materials. The laboratory is DANAK accredited for performing certified mechanical testing. It is located in a brand new laboratory building at Risø campus, near Roskilde. In this working environment, creativity and opportunities for everyone to promote ideas is highly valued. The interaction between researchers, engineers and technicians is key in solving the complex issues the wind turbine industry will face in the future such as larger blades, faster production and improved materials performance.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your main responsibility will be to perform mechanical testing of composite materials under the relevant load cases for wind turbine blades (tension, compression and shear; static and fatigue properties). This responsibility covers repetition in tasks and test series, but covers also development of new testing techniques and concepts together with colleagues. The work will be carried out as part of both public funded research projects and commissioned work for the main wind turbine blade manufacturers and materials suppliers.

Main tasks:

  • Collaboration with researchers/engineers/technicians in the section and at DTU Wind Energy
  • Measurement and instrumentation of mechanical test specimens
  • Mounting of strain gauges
  • Mechanical tests using servo-hydraulic machines and electro-mechanical machines
  • Development of setups with add-on monitoring systems (such as infrared cameras, digital image correlation system, laser extensometers, video)
  • Documentation of process and results

Qualifications

  • Technician diploma, such as Machine technician, Laboratory technician, Composite technician (DK: Industritekniker, Laboratorietekniker, Kompositoperatør)
  • Experience in working with composites for wind turbine blades, or other applications, is an advantage
  • Team player, flexible, proactive, independent/autonomous, organised
  • English speaker, since this is the work language (nearest colleagues are Danish speakers)

It is important to note that although this advertisement is in English, applications in Danish are accepted as well.  

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, among others: flextime, no work in weekends, paid lunch, great location and brand new facilities. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Salary and appointment terms
Salary and employment terms in accordance with the OAO-S Joint Agreement and the organization agreement for Engineering Assistants and Research Technicians at research institutions etc.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 15 February 2022Open 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, please contact Bo Madsen, Head of Section, +45 2367 3061; Anthony Fraisse, Laboratory Manager, +45 9351 1564.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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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 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.