Lab manager for world leading lab testing wind turbine structures

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DTU Wind Energy invites applications with a talent and passion for structural testing and innovation for a position as Lab Manager for DTU Large Scale Facility – a university lab testing wind turbine structures. DTU Wind Energy is the world leading university department in wind energy. DTU Large Scale Facility is a new state-of-the-art structural test facility capable of testing wind turbine blades up to 45 m. Besides doing advanced structural testing and measurements, we are working towards making the facility an international recognized development and demonstration lab for Digital Twins and related digitalization technologies. Younger applicants with high potential to excel in this field can also apply.

The job
We require a Lab Manager who can deal with a highly complex project portfolio, while keeping a holistic view and making sure that we utilize the resources in the best possible way by making the right prioritization of resources in collaboration with project managers.

You will be heading a team of four test engineers and four technicians and refer to the Head of Section. You will continuously develop your team members towards excellence and provide guidance when dealing with challenging innovative and cutting-edge projects.

You will have the following roles and work tasks:

  • Day to day planning and operations management
  • Keep overview of work tasks and make them visible for other stakeholders
  • Develop work procedures, decision processes and introduce planning/management system
  • Support project managers and customers in defining and designing tests
  • Make test budget and commercial offers
  • Contribute to strategic decision for future development of facility and equipment
  • Preparation and implementation of health & safety procedures
  • Preparation and implementation of quality and data management procedures to ensure high quality tests and measurement data
  • Facilitate training and specialization of technicians and development engineers, optimize use of resources, decide when external resources are better to use

Our expectations of you
You have an education as engineer, technician or similar. You have a board technical background and good understanding of structural testing.

Furthermore, you have some of the following background and qualifications:

  • Experienced in project management
  • Skilled networker and a strong communicator – preferable both in English and Danish
  • Ability to lead a team and get your stakeholders onboard
  • Ability to manage a portfolio of highly complex projects where plans often change
  • Experience with implementation of ISO 17025 certification is an advantage
  • You are proactive with a can-do attitude and an energy that inspires
  • You naturally takes the lead and motivate and develop the whole project team on a day-to-day basis
  • Experience with having multiple contact points internally and externally and with your assertive and diplomatic personality, you excel at teamwork and managing your stakeholders – even in situations with conflicts and opposing interests
  • Solid planning and project management skills and a good ability to oversee and manage large, complex, diverse and strategic projects
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to challenge conventional thinking, and you bring advanced skills in risk assessment and mitigation

You are keen to further develop the collaboration with national and international research institutes and industries through collaborative projects and scientific advice to the wind energy industry.

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 world in the green transition. 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.

In recent years, DTU has been working concertedly to professionalize management. The DTU Leadership Role is based on four cornerstones: academic management, resource management, performance-enhancing HR management and strategic management. Moreover, self-management and DTU’s values constitute the central parameters for these four disciplines. To find out more about DTU’s Leadership Role, see the website.

Salary and appointment terms
Salary and employment conditions in accordance with the OAO-S joint agreement and organization agreement for Engineering Assistants and research technicians at research institutions or the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

The position is a full-time position and the workplace is DTU Risø Campus. The daily working language is English.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 2 January 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 Head of Section Kim Branner, tel.: +45 2365 3270, or Head of Division Ignacio Marti, tel.: +45 4525 5048,

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

Technology for people
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.