Postdoc in Electrical Infrastructure Optimization for Wind and Hybrid Power Plants

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Come join the team that will solve one of the biggest challenges of wind power today.


The Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) is seeking one or two Postdoctoral researchers working with Grid integration and control of offshore wind power. You will be part of the international team carrying out research in wind power integration and control, where the working language is English.


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.


The position will be in the Section for Integration and Planning (INP). Research in INP is oriented towards issues that are relevant for industrial development and applications, and we work in projects with system integration, control concepts for wind turbines, wind power plants, electrical components, grid connection and large-scale wind energy penetration.

Responsibilities and tasks

Offshore wind power is now developing rapidly in Northern Europe and, with the very ambitious target from the European Union, it can reach as much as 450 GW installed capacity by 2050. Currently, this development is largely driven by the very significant reduction in the cost of offshore wind. However, this reduction is mainly due to increase in wind turbine capacity, improvements in installation methods and very low cost of financing. Electrical network and grid connection of offshore wind power is an area where optimization is at its incipient stages. Another approach is to make better use of the electrical infrastructure, either by optimizing its sizing and layout, or by combining it with other RES like solar PV and storage. The market for wind, solar and storage based utility-scale hybrid power plant is developing all over the world. The benefit of combining different energy technologies lies in optimal utilization of electrical infrastructure to increase capacity factor and minimize cost of energy. Benefit of adding storage lies in maximizing profit from energy market by optimal shifting of energy dispatch. However, challenge lies in development of optimal siting and sizing methods, and optimal electrical infrastructure design methods.


DTU Wind Energy is leading the efforts in integrated design and optimization of wind and hybrid power plants, with the software platform TOPFARM, used for optimization of wind farm design and operational strategies in both onshore and offshore applications.


The Postdoc is expected to drive the development and will primarily work with optimization of electrical infrastructure:

  • Electrical infrastructure optimization
  • Optimal sizing of electrical equipment
  • Optimal sizing of wind, solar and storage technology for minimizing cost and maximizing profit
  • Cost models of electrical infrastructure and equipment

Further, the candidate will contribute to the development of TOPFARM and to teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD students


Candidates should have a PhD degree in Wind Energy, Electrical Engineering or equivalent.


The successful candidate is required to have excellent knowledge of:

  • Documented in-depth knowledge about mathematical and (meta)heuristic optimization methods, with applications in electric power systems.
  • Documented knowledge of optimization under uncertain and stochastic environment.
  • Very good understanding of power system.
  • Very good understanding of renewable energy systems especially wind power.
  • Proven programming skills in Matlab and Python.
  • Experience with optimization software like CPLEX, GAMS, etc.

Successful candidates are expected to have documented experience with converter based experimental systems.

Other qualifications:
  • ability to work independently towards the research goals
  • ability to collaborate with other researchers
  • fluency in communicating, reading and writing English
  • excellent track record of papers in conferences and journals
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.


Salary and terms of employment

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


The period of employment is 2 years.


The place of work will be DTU Wind Energy, Risø Campus at Roskilde.


You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Jens Carsten Hansen, +45 4677 5074 or Professor Nicolaos Cutululis, +45 2132 4965.


You can read more about DTU Wind Energy on


Please submit your online application no later than 28 February 2020 (23:59 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • List of publications

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.


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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