Postdoc Multiscale Modelling for Wind Farm Design, Performance Assessment and Loading (MERIDIONAL)

Postdoc Multiscale Modelling for Wind Farm Design, Performance Assessment and Loading (MERIDIONAL)

Published Deadline Location
21 Oct 15 Dec Delft

Job description

The wind energy industry is developing wind turbines and airborne wind energy devices which span altitudes well above the well-studied surface layer. A full understanding of the unsteady inflow conditions which drive loads and performance at these altitudes is lacking. The EU-funded Horizon Europe project MERIDIONAL will provide a comprehensively validated toolchain based on an open-source platform which will draw on an integrated knowledge and data hub to allow the efficient and accurate assessment of the performance and loads experienced by onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy systems. This tool chain is intended to be used for component, device and plant level planning and operation. 

This project provides an exciting and stimulating research opportunity for those willing to advance our understanding of the physics of the atmosphere and its impact on both wind farm performance and wind farm loading. This is a multi-partner project necessitating close collaboration between some of the leading research institutes working on wind energy in Europe and the US as well as major companies active in turbine design, wind farm development, wind farm operation and airborne wind energy systems development. TU Delft is coordinating this project and is seeking to recruit a team of talented researchers who wish to make a real contribution to the energy transition.

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on the identification of key atmospheric phenomena which affect wind turbine loading and performance, for the present climate but also considering future climate change driven impacts. The researcher will also help to develop new more accurate and robust turbulence models which can capture length scales at all heights of interest. In addition, they will use machine learning techniques to downscale LES mesoscale model turbulence phenomena to the metre scale appropriate for loading calculations on wind energy generation devices and for wake modelling.

Specifications

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Requirements

The candidate should have an engineering or physical sciences degree and a PhD or equivalent relevant experience in atmospheric boundary layer modelling and boundary layer turbulence. Experience in machine learning and its application in meteorology is desirable. The candidate should have excellent attention to detail, a problem-solving mindset and function well in a team. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

We offer a full-time (1,0 fte) contract for the duration of two years. It is also possible to work part-time (minimum 0,6 fte), in which case the duration of the contract will be extended accordingly. 

Salary (scale 10) and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Employer

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Department

Faculty Aerospace Engineering

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 250 PhD candidates and over 2,700 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Additional information

The Department of Flow Physics and Technology (FPT) is one of four departments within 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 the Wind Energy Section. 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, though urban and airborne wind power is also addressed. Both technology development aspects, as well as fundamental aspects, are present in the research program.

Specifications

  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD02950

Employer

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD, Delft

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Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15 December 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

For more information about these positions, please contact: Prof. Simon Watson, Professor of Wind Energy Systems, Head of the Wind Energy Section, S.J.Watson@tudelft.nl 

Please note:

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Contact by recruitment agencies is not appreciated. 

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15 December 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

For more information about these positions, please contact: Prof. Simon Watson, Professor of Wind Energy Systems, Head of the Wind Energy Section, S.J.Watson@tudelft.nl 

Please note:

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Contact by recruitment agencies is not appreciated. 

Make sure to apply no later than 15 Dec 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).