Postdoc in Experimental Structural Dynamics of Wind Turbine Blades

onsdag 10 jul 19

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Section of the Wind Turbine Structures and Component Design (SAC) has a vacancy for one Post Doc position in “Experimental Structural Dynamics of Wind Turbine Blades” The position is for 2 years. 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.

The Section for Wind Turbine Structures and Component Design focuses on the design and prediction of the structural response of wind turbines and their components. The research and innovation activities deal with loads and their dependence on environmental conditions, structural design structural and testing, and methods to quantify reliability and operational lifetime. Our research and innovation are generally implemented in cooperation with industry. The research includes development of advanced mathematical models, testing methods, and efficient numerical optimization methods for reliable structural design of wind turbine components.

The Department of Wind Energy (DTU WE) has recently commissioned
Large Scale Facility to perform tests of large scale objects equipped with industry standard data acquisition and analysis systems. DTU WE coordinates the ReliaBlade project with the focus on wind turbine blade reliability improvement.

Newly established research infrastructure and large project creates an unique opportunity for professional and personal development in highly Intersectoral, Interdisciplinary and International research field of structural dynamics.

We are looking for the talented postdoc to focus on the integration of the simulation models and the testing process towards development of the “digital twin” platform.

You will carry research studies aiming at integration of the models in the testing and sensing to reduce the time and financial effort of physical full-scale blade testing through increased use of virtual sensors and hybrid testing.

Within the experimental domain your research will focus on three main aspects:

  • Investigation of more complex testing methodologies for improved aeroelastic and vibration driven blade response identification. Use of multi-instrumented technologies and multi-sensing data-fusion including digital image correlation with the specific focus on the structural damping.
  • Test-simulation correlation, virtual structural testing with more representative testing solutions for validation of the numerical models
  • Vibration based Structural Health Monitoring for the purpose of detection of damages in the blades
Responsibilities and tasks
The Postdoc will have the opportunity to join a cross-disciplinary, international team working on developing testing methods for wind turbine structures and components. The particular areas of responsibilities include: 
  • Testing and experimental data analysis of structures made of composite material such as wind turbine blades will be carried out and applied for: structural dynamics identification, uncertainty quantification, Finite Element Method model updating and damage detection.
  • 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.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. Further qualifications (one or more): 
  • The candidate must hold a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Physics or equivalent,
  • The candidate must have experience in experimental work and signal processing combined with analytical skills,
  • Strong skills in experimental and operational modal testing and analysis required with structures made of composite material at industrial scales,
  • Work experience with sensing techniques ranging from point-wise to full-field measurements,
  • 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,
  • 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. The PostDoc position is 2 years. 

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

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

You can read more about the Wind Energy Department on

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 September 2019 (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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 
  • 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 university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.