Postdoc in Test and Design of Wind Turbine Structures

DTU Vindenergi
onsdag 28 nov 18

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Do you want to be part of a team that develops the future structural design tools and testing methods for very large wind turbine structures? Do you want to contribute to the scientific development of a new and unique facility for testing large structures such as wind turbine rotor blades? Do you want to be working in a large project on blade design, testing and digitalization: RELIABLADE - Improving Blade Reliability through Application of Digital Twins over Entire Life Cycle?


A postdoc position is available at the section Wind Turbine Structures and Component Design at DTU Wind Energy. We focus on the integration of the simulation models and the testing process to develop uniform digital twin platform to provide reliable results for specific cases for knowledge development and research validation.


In the team, we develop methods of integrated testing and sensing to reduce the time and financial effort of physical full-scale blade testing through increased use of virtual testing and development, and investigation of more complex testing methodologies for improved aero elastic and vibration driven blade response identification. We develop methods and measuring equipment for testing at full scale and sub-component.


Responsibilities and tasks

The postdoc will have the opportunity to join a cross-disciplinary, international team working on developing design tools and testing methods for wind turbine structures and components. The particular areas of responsibilities include:


Testing and analysis of composite structures such as wind turbine blades will be carried out on several scale levels (full size, sub-component scale etc.) and from different point of views: structural dynamics, uncertainty quantification, Finite Element Method model updating, damage detection. Experimental validation of numerical simulations will be carried out in structural test facilities at DTU.

It is required that key research results are disseminated in peer reviewed journal papers and presented at scientific conferences. Most of the work will be done in nationally and internationally funded research projects. Some teaching activity may be required as part of the position.


Good communication skills, patience and a positive attitude to working in a team are essential requirements for the successful applicant. The daily working language is English.


Further qualifications (one or more):

  • The candidate must hold a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent,
  • The candidate must have profound experience in experimental work and signal processing combined with excellent analytical and modelling skills,
  • Strong skills in experimental and operational modul testing and analysis preferable with structures made of composite material at industrial scales,
  • Work experience with sensing techniques ranging from point-wise to full-field measurements,
  • Work experience with uncertainty quantification,
  • Practical sense of local and global damage/defect localisation and characterisation,
  • Competent in finite element modelling and dynamic analysis of large scale structures,
  • Python or Matlab programming skills (or similar)
  • Work experience with model correlation and updating is an advantage,
  • Work experience in interdisciplinary research projects is an advantage,
  • Work experience with big data analysis is an advantage,
  • Work experience with wind energy is an advantage,
  • Work experience with Hardware In the Loop methods is an advantage,
  • Ability to work independently towards the research goals and deliverables,
  • Ability to pro-actively collaborate and coordinate with other researchers,
  • Fluency in communicating, reading and writing English.

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.

Workplace and period of employment

The daily workplace is DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark. Some travelling can be expected.


The position is for two years and start date preferably 1 April or 1 May.


Further information

Further information may be obtained from Marcin Luczak,+45 9351 3543, e-mail:


You can read more about the Wind Energy Department on


Please submit your online application no later than 6 January 2019.


To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • 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 wind industry.


DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.