Researcher in Wind Farm Optimization

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DTU Tenure Track position

The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a Researcher position in the Loads and Control Section (LAC) at DTU Risø Campus. 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.

DTU Wind Energy develops state-of-the-art design methods to ensure the best performance, lowest cost and overall structural integrity of wind turbines as well as advance the design, operation and control of entire wind power plants for the future needs of the evolving energy system. This is a highly multi-disciplinary issue involving modeling of wind flow, aerodynamics, structures, controls, and more at varying levels of fidelity. LAC focuses on engineering models for loads and dynamics, aeroelastic stability, wind turbine and farm control, and wind farm design optimization, and implements its research in software tools and in courses to the benefit of the wind energy community in general. 

This researcher position focuses on developing and applying theoretical expertise in wind farm optimization in particular as a crucial element of the overall section and department activities in research, education and innovation.


This position is being posted in parallel with a software development position with a similar focus on wind farm optimization. See the post here


The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. We provide you with the best conditions including a mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, teacher training and relevant networks. After maximum 6 years you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, and if evaluated positively, you will acquire a permanent Senior Researcher position.

Responsibilities and tasks

Your work will mainly be focused within systems engineering and optimization activities in research and commercial projects in Loads and Control Section at DTU Wind Energy. Specific tasks will include:

  • Leading research activities related to the TOPFARM wind farm optimization framework including model and framework development
  • Executing wind farm optimization studies in a range of applications including but not limited to: wind farm layout optimization, design of wind farm collection systems, hybrid plant sizing and physical design, etc.
  • Writing papers for conferences and journal publications, supporting and leading development of research proposals, and participation on commercial projects for improving wind farm optimization practice by industry

The research aims at creating new valuable knowledge within the wind farm systems engineering and optimization area and implementation of this in department activities as well as in the industry in both the short and long term. Much of our activities are performed in collaboration with the industry, as well as other Danish and foreign research institutions.

In addition, the researcher is also expected to contribute to the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the ongoing projects in LAC with reporting and administration
  • Offer support and assistance in teaching the wind energy courses relating to systems engineering and optimization and developing course materials if required
  • Supervise our wind energy master students relating to wind farm systems engineering and optimization and define the potential projects for the master students

The researcher is expected to contribute to the teaching of courses, and supervision of BSc, BEng, MSc and PhD projects, although the position is primarily a research role.

At the end of the period as Researcher, you must be able to be responsible for courses and to lecture in Danish. For international candidates, DTU can provide Danish language courses enabling the candidates to teach in Danish within 2-3 years.


The section for Loads and Control at DTU Wind Energy is looking for a systems engineer with a strong academic background in optimization and applied mathematics and its application in wind energy. The candidate must hold a PhD degree in systems engineering or relevant engineering disciplines. Post-doctoral experience in wind energy optimization is preferable.

Experience with advanced multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization (MDAO) methods using both gradient, heuristic, meta-heuristic and mixed methods is preferable. Experience with uncertainty quantification and data-science techniques is also preferable. Additional skills of interest include:

  • Experience with Python / Julia programming languages and scientific libraries
  • Experience with OpenMDAO
  • Experience with High Performance Computing including OpenMP/MPI libraries

It is important that you are open-minded, responsible, ready to engage in a team and have good communication skills.


As a successful Tenure Track candidate, you will meet DTU’s Tenure Track requirements. You have documented teaching experience and have experience in supervising students from Bachelor to PhD. You are among the best research talents in your field with the potential to reach the highest international level. You have documented scientific production at the highest international level and can document initiative for independent and original project ideas. You have the personal drive and potential to attract external funding for research activities and you thrive in a multidisciplinary work environment.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills
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.

Tenure Track at DTU
DTU offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the DTU Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Researchers for a period of up to six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured Senior Researcher position.

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate receives: 

  • Access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • Capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • A mentoring programme
  • Support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level
  • As part of the DTU Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. If the final review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Senior Researcher at DTU
Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Katherine Dykes, +45 21 79 92 59.


You can read more about the DTU Wind Energy department at .

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 15 April 2020 (23:59 local time).


To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Vision paper
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of relevant employment
  • Documentation of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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 is a department at the Technical University of Denmark with the overall mission to develop and create value using the natural and technical sciences and focusing on wind energy for the benefit of society. This includes research and education in siting and integration, wind turbine technology, and offshore wind energy as well as scientific advice and testing and other research-based services. This department of 258 employees is an internationally leading centre in wind energy and cooperates with industry and institutions worldwide.

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