PhD scholarship: The Impact of Spatio-Temporal Varying Wave fields on Offshore Wind Farm Performance

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The Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) is seeking candidates for a 3-year PhD project within the Meteorology and Remote Sensing (MES) section.

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 edu- cation, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.

You will be part of the international team carrying out research in the MES section where the working language is English. Our research in MES is ded- icated to investigate atmospheric flow phenomena related to wind resources, wind turbine site conditions, and atmospheric conditions in general.

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Waves impact the atmosphere above them and the wind characteristics. Model- ing the effect of waves on the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer is complex, is an unresolved problem, and has implications, e.g., for marine and coastal meteorology, and offshore wind energy. The PhD candidate will work within a research project, which is seeking at the understanding of the effects of wave fields on the marine atmosphere and on the performance of offshore wind farms by physically modeling the wave fields in a numerical atmospheric model.

Responsibilities and tasks
The proposed PhD study will include:

  • Investigation on methods to implement varying terrain fields into a numer- ical weather prediction model, e.g., the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model
  • The assessment of the impact of spatio-temporal wave fields on the tur- bulent characteristics of the marine atmospheric boundary layer
  • The assessment of the impact of spatio-temporal wave fields on wind tur- bine performance, offshore wakes, and wind farm performance

A detailed project plan will be developed with the supervisors within the first three months after enrolment.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The successful candidate is required to have:

  • Documented background in boundary-layer and/or wind-power meteorology
  • Documented background in numerical modeling of the atmosphere
  • Background in atmospheric turbulence is encouraged
  • Background in analysis of turbine response as well as wind farm performance is encouraged
  • Ability to work in a project team and take responsibility for own research goals
  • Fluency in communicating and reporting in English

The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirements for admission to a PhD program at DTU.

Approval and Enrolment
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 Senior Scientist Alfredo Pen˜a and Senior Scientist Andrea N. Hahmann from DTU.  

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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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The workplace will be DTU Wind Energy, Risø Campus at Roskilde, Denmark.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Alfredo Pen˜a (

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Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later 2 November 2021 (Danish 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)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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 educa- tion. 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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