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[Met-jobs] PhD position in Probabilistic wind characterization and wind turbine design

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:05:52 +0000

PhD position in Probabilistic wind characterization and wind turbine design

The Wind Energy Department of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is 
seeking a PhD student to work on statistical representation of atmospheric flow 
and probabilistic wind turbine load-characterization.

Project and Research
The current standard for wind turbines (IEC 61400-1 ed.3) provides a 
specification for extreme wind conditions including various types of turbine 
load cases, but this characterization is limited as it does not represent a 
number of relevant aspects of different atmospheric flow regimes. A fundamental 
aspect is the variability inherent in the atmospheric parameters used as input 
to loads calculations, such as those describing gusts or extreme shear.

The doctoral candidate will work on a statistical description of a number of 
relevant atmospheric phenomena and conditions, beginning with gusts, along with 
subsequent calculation and characterization of relevant wind turbine loads. 
This will be facilitated through analysis of numerous atmospheric measurements 
and use of atmospheric flow field modeling as well as multi-body turbine loads 
simulations via models such as HAWC2. The atmospheric representation will be 
made in accordance with the loads statistics, with consideration also given to 
the influence of external conditions and control systems, in a generalized 
manner towards improvement of the IEC standards.

Qualifications
The candidate should possess a Master’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric 
science/physics, or wind-engineering related field. An understanding of 
micro-meteorology/atmospheric boundary-layer flows, as well as a statistical 
background, is needed. Experience with statistical analysis of wind datasets, 
wind turbine loads modeling (particularly HAWC), atmospheric turbulence, data 
analysis/visualization programming or packages (e.g. Mathematica, MatLab, R), 
and Linux/cluster use is beneficial; the student must also have good English 
communication skills, and should have obtained excellent grades in his/her 
previous programmes.

Approval and Enrollment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the 
candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For 
information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general 
planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
<http://www.dtu.dk/english/Education/phd/PhDguide>
Assessment
Assessment of the applications will be made by Senior Researcher Mark Kelly, 
Professor Jakob Mann, and Senior Researcher Anand Natarajan.

We offer
The project is an internally-funded extension of ongoing and previous projects, 
spanning the meteorology and aero-elastic design groups at DTU. As a PhD 
student at DTU, you will be working in and contributing to a world-class 
cross-disciplinary research team in an international environment, with good 
possibilities for professional and personal growth. We are a family-friendly 
organization with flexible working hours and a 37 hour work week.

Salary and appoitment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current Danish rules 
for PhD students, with an employment period of 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Mark Kelly 
(mkel@dtu.dk<mailto:mkel@dtu.dk>).

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as 
described below.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 20 November 2013.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be 
given consideration. Please apply online on 
www.career.dtu.dk<http://www.career.dtu.dk>  and 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:

  *   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<http://www.dtu.dk/english/Education/phd/Applicant/Pre_acceptance(1)>)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their 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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, 
education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,000 advance science 
and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; 
and our 9,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of 
the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally 
with business, industry, government, and public agencies.




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