Postdoc in Probabilistic Design and Reliability Assessment

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Would you like to achieve lasting impact in wind energy science, by pioneering new probabilistic methods for reliability assessment and cost-efficient design of large offshore wind turbines/wind farms ? DTU Wind Energy is looking for a postdoctoral candidate eager to engage in a large international initiative focused on achieving wind energy cost reductions through advanced probabilistic modeling.

Responsibilities and qualifications
As part of our team, you will engage in multidisciplinary studies combining applied statistics and probability, structural modelling, statistical flow modelling, and data science. This cutting-edge scientific work will happen in close collaboration with your highly skilled colleagues, and with academic and industrial partners from Denmark and abroad. In your daily work, you will be part of the Structural Integrity and Load Assessment (SIL) section. Your primary tasks will be:

  • Modeling turbines within a wind farm for load assessment considering wake effects
  • Statistical analysis of load predictions to assess failure limit states.
  • Develop statistical models using machine learning.
  • Uncertainty quantification and Bayesian parameter estimation;
  • Develop life models of drive train components such as bearings based on load time series analysis.

We are looking for candidates with a PhD in Wind Energy, mechanical engineering, civil engineering or a similar discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with peer-reviewed research publications that document:

  • Expertise in Structural/component mechanics and limit state assessment of wind turbines
  • Experience with dynamics such as used in wind turbine aeroelastic modeling and modeling of drivetrains.
  • Implementation of applied statistics techniques for uncertainty quantification, machine learning or Bayesian parameter estimation
  • Experience with model validation with measurement data such as wind and load measurements
  • Experience in scientific programming with interpreted languages – such as Matlab and Python.

Strong communication and presentation skills are required to effectively communicate research findings, as well as a good knowledge of technical English writing. The candidate will need to work as a part of an externally funded project consortium that includes major wind energy industries and research institutions.

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 Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Anand Natarajan,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 10 March 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/PhD)
  • List of publications

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Our department
At DTU Wind Energy we put knowledge to work. The department is one of the largest public research organizations for wind energy in the world with 250 staff members. We educate and train the next generation of wind power engineers. We collaborate with global leaders in the wind industries and public authorities around the world to research and develop new technologies and services to power the green transition.

At the Wind Energy Materials & Components (WMC) division, the key drivers are sustainability, manufacturing and digitalization. Our research provides solutions for design, manufacturing, testing, monitoring and operation of wind energy materials and components.

The Structural Integrity and Loads Assessment (SIL) section focuses on the development of probabilistic methods and applied data science for the reliable design of load-bearing components, as well as assess the integrity of operational turbine components within wind farms such as offshore foundations, bearings and sub-systems such as rotors, drivetrain and support structures.

Technology for people
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 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.