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[Met-jobs] PhD Students CFD for wind energy in complex terrain

From "Knaus, Hermann" <>
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Date Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:33:15 +0000

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is looking for several PhD Students 
for a research project in the field of wind energy. The salary is in accordance 
to the Public Sector Collective Agreement on Länder (E 13 TV-L, 75 %). The 
position connected to the BMWi funded research project WINSENT can be filled 
immediately and is initially limited to three years.

Area of research
The development of wind energy as renewable, climate friendly energy progresses 
around the globe. 
More and more also hilly and mountainous as well as forested areas are 
developed. Due to orography and land use inhomogeneous wind flow and turbulence 
is induced. Therefore the search for suitable sites is a challenging task 
requiring innovative simulation methods for the detailed description of meso- 
and micro-scale flow phenomena within the atmospheric boundary layer. This is 
the goal of the sub-project to be elaborated and one of the key activities of 
the research cluster WindForS as well as part of the interdisciplinary, BMWi 
funded research project WINSENT. In this framework in collaboration with six 
renowned research institutions a wind energy test site with two wind turbines 
and four meteorological measuring masts is built in Southern Germany. 
Additionally various measuring campaigns are elaborated providing data for the 
model validation. 

Your project
•       Development and implementation of numerical simulation models 
describing the fluid mechanical and thermodynamical phenomena in the 
atmospheric boundary layer taking orography and      land use into consideration
•       You will be working on the BMWI research project WINSENT with the aim 
submitting a PhD thesis
•       Publications in journals and on scientific conferences

Desired skills and experience
We are looking for a candidate with enthusiasm for academic research in the 
field of wind energy. He/she should be able to work independently and should 
have a strong willingness to cooperate with other research groups in a joint 
project. Applicants should hold a Master degree in engineering fields or 
physics. He/she should have a solid background in fluid mechanics and 
thermodynamics. CFD skills preferably with OpenFOAM or ANSYS CFX are highly 
appreciated. Additionally knowledge in the operating system Linux and the 
programming languages FORTRAN, C or C++ are desirable. Good communication 
skills and fluency in both written and spoken English as well as good German 
language skills are expected.

For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Knaus, Tel.: 0151-40 177 885, email:

Please send your application by electronic mail and preferably in one single 
pdf-document using the reference GU/1703 by April 16, 2017 to

Early applications are encouraged. Applications may be processed as soon as 
they are received. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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