PhD in Offshore wind resource at deep sea applying satellite data and numerical modelling

Tuesday 22 Oct 19

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The Early-Stage-Researcher position is in the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN Project FLOAWER. H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 N° 860879, see

The Department of Wind Energy in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) is seeking a PhD for the Section of Meteorology and Remote Sensing.


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.

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Research programme:
  1. Handle floating LiDAR data, and correct for motion including ship-based LiDAR, such that wind climate can be obtained with limited uncertainty.
  2. Knowledge on the usability of satellite SAR winds at deep sea sites will be compared to numerical model results during 10 years, to estimate inter-annual variability. This result is important as measurement campaigns typically are much shorter.
  3. Evaluation of the advantages and limitations of numerical modelling versus satellite ocean winds and observations from floating buoy/ship-based LiDAR, to assess wind resource statistics, and to provide maps of potential resource at selected deep sea sites for demonstration.
Job description and eligibility criteria
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in Meteorology, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Remote Sensing or similar.

The successful candidate is required to have:

  • Documented background in meteorology and/or wind-power meteorology
  • Documented background in remote sensing
  • Background in data analysis of large amount of data files and programming
  • Ability to work in a project team and take responsibility for own research goals
  • Fluency in communicating and reporting in English

In addition, the successful candidate should satisfy at the time of the recruitment the following mandatory characteristics:

  • having not more than 4 years of equivalent research experience (i.e. working as researcher after obtaining your master’s degree);
  • having not been awarded a title of PhD;
  • having not resided or carried out her/his main activity in Denmark; for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirements for admission to a doctoral program at DTU.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Head of Section, Dr. Hans E. Jørgensen, Dr. Charlotte Hasager from DTU and Dr. Ioanna Karagali from DTU.

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 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 appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

For more info about salary calculation, the requisites for Family allowance and more details on the employment conditions, please see the founding body rules:

Starting Date: Between April 2020 and October 2020

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Dr. Senior Researcher, Team-leader of the Section Meteorology and Remote Sensing, Charlotte Hasager,, +45 4677 5014.

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 December 2019.

You have to submit two applications for the position.

One application through the on-line recruitment portal on the FLOAWER website

One application through the DTU on-line recruitment portal, see below:

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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • A 1-page research statement. Through the research statement, the applicants have the chance to present a research problem that interests them and propose how it might be investigated. The research problem should be preferably related to the topic of the advertised PhD position.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.


Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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. 

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