PhD Scholarship in Wind lidar probe volume reduction using numerical range limited scanning using a continuous wave (CW) laser source modulated by synthetic phase noise

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher – PhD position 
General information about the Lidar Knowledge Europe (LIKE) project
LIdar Knowledge Europe (LIKE) fosters training and education of young researchers on emerging laser-based wind measurement technologies and their translation into industrial applications. Doppler Lidars (light detection and ranging) that measure the wind in the atmosphere remotely have reduced in price and increased in reliability over the last decade mainly done by European universities and companies serving the growing wind energy industry. This opens the possibility for new applications in many areas. LIKE improves, tests and refines the technology thus expanding these areas of application. LIKE promotes wind energy applications such as wind resource mapping using scanning lidars and control of single wind turbines or entire wind farms in order to increase energy production and reduce mechanical loads. LIKE maps unusual atmospheric flow patterns over airports in real-time and thus improves the safety of landing aircrafts. LIKE explores wind and turbulence under extreme conditions at the sites of future European bridges paving the road for optimal bridge design. LIKE trains 15 ESRs to an outstanding level at European academic institutions and industrial companies, thus forming strong interdisciplinary relations between industry and technical sciences. These relations are implemented through employment of the ESRs at academia as well as industry, and through inter-sectoral secondments. Finally, translation of technology into specific applications is emphasised through the implementation of an entrepreneurship training course LIKE partners, particularly industry.
Further information on the Innovation Training Network Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Lidar Knowledge Europe (LIKE) at

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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Responsibilities and tasks

Doppler lidars are increasingly being used in the wind energy industry to assess wind resources and  measure the turbulent wind flow coming onto the wind turbine rotor. Soon, all wind turbines might be equipped with a Doppler lidar. The aim of the study is to improve the capabilities of lidars and prove the improvements by field experiments.  


For the class of Doppler lidars called continuous-wave lidar, which can be made cheap and robust, the problem is that the measurement volume is quite large for long measurement distances. This hinders the lidar in measuring turbulence and it also makes the lidar susceptible to moving object in far from the intended measurement point. Both drawbacks are problematic for wind turbine applications. New optical components make it possible to deploy recently invented low-coherence methods that greatly compactifies the measurement volume. The applicant will understand the technology and possibly develop it further, implement it in existing scanning lidars, and test the capabilities of the technique thoroughly in the field.

Expected results

The following are the main expected outputs from this PhD study:

1) Understand and improve techniques to make the measurement volume of continuous-wave Doppler lidars more compact.

2) Implement the system in scanning lidar systems used for wind energy research

3) Document the advantages and disadvantages of the technology by field experiments.


Candidates should have a master's degree in physics, engineering or a similar degree.


The successful candidate is also required to have:

  • Documented background at the highest level in physics, optics, and mathematics.
  • Capabilities in data analysis 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.

The present PhD project will take advantage of collaboration with researchers at DTU, and laboratories or companies in Germany in the United States.

Starting Date: 1st January 2020 (preferable) and latest 1st April 2020.

Duration: 36 months.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is 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, Prof. Jakob Mann and Dr. Charlotte Hasager from DTU, and an employee from Metek GmbH, Germany.

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:


The workplace will be DTU Wind Energy, Risø Campus in Roskilde. During the 3 years of employment, one stay at the meteorological instrument company Metek GmbH in Germany planned to be of 3 months duration will take place.  Also one stay at an American research laboratory of 3 months duration is foreseen.  

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Supervisor of the present PhD project, Professor Jakob Mann,, +45 2136 2962.

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Please submit your online application no later than 23 October 2019 (local time).


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.

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. 

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.