Postdoc in data-driven optimization and control of wind power plants

Location: Denmark
Application Deadline: 29 February 2024
Published: 3 weeks ago

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We seek an enthusiastic and engaged postdoc willing to be part of a world-leading research environment and contribute to developing the next generation of data driven methods for optimization and control of large wind power plants. You will get the opportunity to participate and influence the development of comprehensive design optimization and data driven control for wind power plants in collaboration with the top universities wind energy research in Europe and beyond.

You will be a part of Horizon Europe TWAIN project which applies advanced systems engineering and optimization methods to multidisciplinary research that bridges key domains of wind and renewable energy.

The Division for Power and Energy Systems at the Department of Wind and Energy Systems provides cutting-edge research in sustainable, reliable and cost-efficient energy systems to the benefit of society. At the Department, you will enjoy the advantages of a creative and inspiring work environment shared with about 400 highly skilled and motivated colleagues.

Responsibilities and qualifications

You will be part of a dynamic work environment with a pleasant team atmosphere, where you will have the opportunity to grow and develop your academic, industrial, and personal skills. Besides cutting-edge research, postdocs are given the opportunity to coordinate work-packages in national and international research projects, collaborate with industry, write research proposals, teach courses, and co-supervise PhD and MSc students, which allows them to develop necessary skills for the next stages of their career.

As a postdoc, you are expected to carry out high-quality research on the intersection of data science, optimization and control, all with applications to wind energy science. You will be a part of an international team developing open-source tools capable of supporting the development of multi-disciplinary and multi-objective optimized wind farm control functions for grid compliance and services. If you have the skills but not the experience in wind energy science, we would still like to hear from you. The same is valid if you feel you only have part of the skills, but the desire and ability of improving on the rest.

We are looking for a self-motivated and team-oriented person who thrives in a collaborative environment and enjoys working with complex, multi-disciplinary topics.

You must bring a PhD (or equivalent).

Essential skills:

  • Expertise in one or more of the following fields:
    • Data driven methods ideally with application to wind energy science
    • Data-driven wind farm layout optimization
    • Data-driven active power control in large wind power plants
  • Experience in programming with scientific Python

Desired skills:

  • Experience with data science/analytics and machine learning methods
  • Experience or familiarity with electrical grid operation and requirements
  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Good ability to present results in oral presentations and prepare scientific papers for publication in international journals

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years. The desired starting date is the 1st of May 2024, but it can be changed upon mutual agreement. This is a full-time position.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information 

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Nicolaos A. Cutululis, niac@dtu.dk and/or Assoc. Professor Tuhfe Göçmen, tuhf@dtu.dk

You can read more about the Department of Wind and Energy Systems at www.wind.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure 

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 29 February 2024 (23:59 Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply now”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications
  • A research statement (2-3 pages) explaining your ideas and relevant literature.
  • Please ensure to merge all materials into one document before submission.

Applications 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.

About DTU Wind and Energy Systems

DTU Wind and Energy Systems, which used to be a division of Risø National Laboratory (until 2012), has undertaken basic research, teaching and commercial activities in all aspects of wind energy since the mid-1970’s. DTU Wind and Energy Systems is now the world’s largest public research institute for wind energy, with 400 staff members. The department is internationally recognized as being in the forefront of wind energy technology and smart energy systems research. The department has 4 divisions: i) Materials and Components for Wind Energy, ii) Wind Turbine Technology, iii) Wind Energy Systems, and iv) Power and Energy Systems. At the department, we educate and train the next generation of engineers for a sustainable energy future. We collaborate with global leaders in industry and public authorities around the world to research and develop new technologies and services to power the green transition.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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