Research Assistant in System Design, Optimization and Operation

Wednesday 21 Jul 21

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The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a 1-year research assistant position in the System Design, Optimization and Operation section (SYS) 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, overall structural integrity, and lowest cost of wind turbines; we work to 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 modelling of the non-stationary inflow field, aerodynamics, structural dynamics, structural stability, and control. SYS focuses on modelling, analysis and optimal design of system engineering solutions for complex systems in wind energy — with particular focus on the interplay between wind farm flow, dynamics and control of wind farm turbines and techno-economic assessment of wind farm design and operation. The research outcome is implemented in software tools and incorporated in courses, for the benefit of the wind energy community.

This research assistant position will focus on the development, maintenance, and application of models for wind farm flow fields, to support the future development of the DTU TOPFARM platform for economical optimization of wind farm layout and control strategies including consideration of grid ancillary services. This is a crucial element of the overall section and department activities in research, education, and innovation.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your work will mainly be focused within analysis and modeling of wind farm flow fields, for both research and commercial projects within the System Design, Optimization and Operation Section at DTU Wind Energy. Specific tasks will include:

  • Development and adaptation of models for wind turbine and farm physics and costs for the TOPFARM wind farm optimization framework including PyWake and HyDesign
  • 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, forecasting, etc.
  • Eventually, writing papers for conferences and journal publications, supporting development of research proposals, and participation on commercial projects for improving wind farm optimization practice by industry

In addition, you are also expected to support the activities on the overall maintenance, documentation, training and support of the collective TOPFARM-PyWake software framework and model suite.

The research aims at creating new valuable knowledge within wind energy —particularly focusing on complex systems — and implementation of such, within department activities and the industry, in both the short and long term. Part of our activities are performed in collaboration with the industry, as well as other Danish and foreign research institutions.

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

  • Contribute to the ongoing projects in WES 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
  • Co-supervise our wind energy master students relating to wind farm systems engineering and optimization and define the potential projects for the master students

Qualifications
Candidates should have an MS degree in engineering or equivalent.


The section for System Design, Optimization and Operation at DTU Wind Energy is looking for a research assistant in the general area of wind farm system analysis, design and optimization. Prior work experience in wind energy is preferable and especially prior experience and understanding of wind farm design relevant turbulent processes in the atmospheric boundary layer over flat terrain including advanced data analysis of such.

Experience with programming languages such as C, Python, MATLAB and Mathematica, is an advantage. 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 statistical analysis is also preferable.

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

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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 1 year.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Katherine Dykes, +45 2179 9259.

You can read more about the DTU Wind Energy at www.vindenergi.dtu.dk/english

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 (Danish 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)

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. The department is an internationally leading centre in wind energy and cooperates with industry and institutions worldwide.

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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.