Postdoc in Probabilistic Design with a focus on design loads in structural and mechanical components

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The department of wind energy has a 2-year post-doctoral position opening in the area of Probabilistic Design with a focus on design loads in structural and mechanical components.

This position requires the candidate to quantify the reliability of wind turbine structures and components based on measurements, load simulations as well as scientifically evaluate the impact of uncertainties in the design process. There is the need to develop stochastic models of the wind conditions including wind turbulence, shear, wake effects and quantify the uncertainties in these models. The effects of load model uncertainties will be flowed down through all stages of aeroelastic processing that is common in load simulation codes. The effects of including uncertainties of modelling of blade aerodynamics and aeroelastic interactions, damping and stiffness properties of the different wind turbine structures on the design loads will be quantified using applicable limit states.

The candidate will need to work as a part of an externally funded project in a team that includes major wind energy industries and universities.


A PhD in Wind Energy or similar discipline is required. Applicants should have excellent analytical skills and the ability to work independently towards the research goals. A good knowledge of at least one mechanical design software package is expected. A strong computational mechanics background is required along with a background in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Structural mechanics
  • Wind turbine loads prediction
  • Probability and statistics
  • Structural Reliability

Further strong communication and presentation skills are required to effectively communicate research findings, as well as a good knowledge of technical English writing.

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 postdoctoral position is for 2 years and is expected to begin from June 1 2020. The place of work will be DTU Risø campus.

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Anand Natarajan, email:

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy at

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 17 April 2020 (23:59 local time). Apply at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, 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
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

DTU Wind Energy is the world’s largest public research institute for wind energy and is internationally recognised as a globally leading department. The department counts 240 staff members with a strong portfolio of national and international research and innovation projects.

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Job CategoryEnseignement et recherche scientifique, Stage et Formation

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