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[Met-jobs] PhD: Climate Change Impact on Offshore Wind Power Generation, Delft

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:48:54 +0000

PhD: Climate Change Impact on Offshore Wind Power Generation
Department/faculty: Aerospace Engineering
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2222 to €2840 per month gross

The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one 
of the world's largest faculties devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. In 
the Netherlands it is the only research and education institute directly 
related to the aerospace engineering sector. It covers the whole spectrum of 
aerospace engineering subjects. In aeronautics, the faculty covers subjects 
ranging from aerodynamics and flight propulsion to structures and materials and 
from control and simulation to air transport and operations. In astronautics, 
topics include astrodynamics, space missions and space systems engineering. The 
faculty has around 2,700 BSc and MSc students, 225 PhD candidates and 27 
professors supported by scientific staff.
The faculty's mission is to be the best Aerospace Engineering faculty in the 
world, inspiring and educating students through modern education techniques and 
enabling staff to perform ambitious research of the highest quality for the 
future of aerospace. The working atmosphere at the faculty is friendly, 
open-minded and dedicated.

The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy and Flight Performance and 
Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments composing the Faculty of Aerospace 
Engineering. Fundamental research is performed in the Aerodynamics section. 
Aircraft design, propulsion systems and their integration are the main topics 
in the FPP section. Wind energy systems, from small wind turbines to large 
offshore farms, are the objective of the research of Wind Energy. The 
department operates comprehensive laboratories equipped with modern wind 
tunnels and state-of-the-art measurement systems.

The Wind Energy section facilitates the development of wind energy technology 
and the expansion of the use of wind power through research and education.
In its research activities there is a focus on large, multi-megawatt offshore 
wind turbines and offshore wind farms, although urban wind power is also 
addressed. Both technology development aspects as well as fundamental aspects 
are present in the research programme. With respect to education, dedicated 
courses on the BSc and the MSc levels are offered for Aerospace students, SET 
students and for the European Wind Master (EWEM) students.

Job description

This position is for a PhD researcher to assess the impact of climate change on 
offshore wind farms with an emphasis on extreme weather events. For example, 
more storms may have an impact on electricity supply if large numbers of 
offshore wind farms shut down in high winds. A gust front associated with 
thunderstorm activity can cause a change from gentle breeze to gale conditions 
and back within a few hours, causing large power fluctuations which could pose 
network problems if such events were to increase in frequency. The researcher 
• analyse surface and remote sensing data to assess frequency and 
characteristics of extreme weather events; 
• use suitable models to downscale global datasets for the prediction of 
extreme events; 
• quantify the impact that future extremes may have on offshore wind farms.

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