PhD scholarship in lidar remote sensing for wind energy

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Are you enthusiastic about the leading renewable energy in the world? If you are interested in understanding the atmospheric flow around large offshore wind farms and motivated by discovering the underlying mechanisms that drive their power production, this PhD project can be for you.

Join us in Train2Wind as a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher. Train2Wind is a PhD and researcher training school analysing entrainment in offshore wind farms with computer models and experiments.

By its very nature, a wind turbine extracts energy from the wind, which for a single wind turbine is replenished from the wind field on the sides and above due to the ambient turbulence. However, offshore, the turbulence is lower, and wind farms are typically larger than onshore, therefore the wind can only be replenished from above in a process called entrainment. With a network of 12 PhDs and 8 short-term fellows, Train2Wind will investigate the entrainment process using advanced high-resolution computer and wind tunnel modelling together with measurements of the wind field above, inside and downstream of large wind farms, using lidars, radars and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).


Your contribution in this PhD project of the Train2Wind training network will be to use and exploit lidars (light detection and ranging, a laser based instrument that can measure wind speed remotely through the Doppler effect) to understand the atmospheric flow and its interaction with large wind farms. You will analyze existing measurements and make new measurements in order to understand how momentum is transported in the atmosphere and how wind speed and directions change with height which is of importance to wind farms.


Responsibilities and tasks

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Analyse lidar observations of the atmosphere and around large wind farms.
  • Understand the wind speed and direction profiles comparing to models
  • Test if lidars can be used to measure the transport of momentum in the atmosphere and around wind farms.
  • Participate in scientific conferences and workshops as well as events in the Train2Wind training network.
  • Publish your findings in scientific journals.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) obtained before the start of the position or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. In addition, we expect that you have:

  • A background in physics, engineering, geoscience, or similar.
  • A basic understanding of fluid mechanics or boundary-layer meteorology.
  • Experience with analysis of large data sets and scientific programming
  • Clear and concise communication skills in English.
  • A positive attitude, a strong drive and eagerness to learn.

You also work efficiently in a project team and take responsibility for your own research goals. There are additional criteria for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (see below).


Approval and Enrolment

According to EU eligibility criteria for candidates, you have:

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

The present PhD project will take advantage of collaboration with researchers and engineers at DTU and at external partners in academia as well as the industry. You are expected to conduct a research stay abroad as part of the project.

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Jakob Mann, Senior Scientist Mikael Sjöholm, Senior Scientist Gregor Giebel and Head of Section Hans E. Jørgensen.


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 appointment terms

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. The period of employment is 3 years.


You will be working at DTU’s Risø Campus in Roskilde, Denmark.


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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Jakob Mann, tel.: +45 2136 2962 (


You can read more about DTU Wind Energy here.


Please submit your online application no later than 1 June 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 out 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)

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.

DTU Wind Energy

DTU Wind Energy is one of the largest and most well-known university department for wind energy in the world with 250 employees. We work in close collaboration with industrial partners and other universities from all over the world. We possess scientific and engineering competences to the highest international standards with a focus on onshore and offshore wind energy. We work towards the vision of creating a better world through creation of a more sustainable environment.


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