DTU Tenure Track Researcher in Fatigue Analysis and Testing of Wind Turbine Structures

Technical University of Denmark


October 1, 2021


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DTU Tenure Track Researcher in Fatigue Analysis and Testing of Wind Turbine


DTU Wind Energy

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Do you want to be part of a section that develops the future structural design tools and testing methods for very large wind turbine structures? Do you want to contribute to the scientific development of a unique facility for testing large structures such as wind turbine rotor blades?

A Researcher position is available at the section Structural Design and Testing at the Division of Materials and Components of DTU Wind Energy. We focus on the design and prediction of the structural response of turbines and its components and deals with design, testing and manufacturing.

In the section, we develop methods to predict the structural response of large structures subjected to complex loading. We conduct research on failure mechanisms and progressive damage under both static and dynamic loading. We develop methods and measuring equipment for testing at full scale and for testing parts of structures.

The position is part of DTU's Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU's Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Senior Researcher position. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Responsibilities and qualifications The researcher will have the opportunity to join a cross-disciplinary, international team working on developing design tools and testing methods for wind turbine structures and components. The particular areas of responsibilities include:

  • Fatigue analysis and testing of composite structures such as wind turbine blades will be carried out on several scale levels (full size, sub-scale components, etc.).
  • Development of fatigue test methods and fatigue prediction models for wind turbine blades will be carried out and experimentally validated at structural test facilities at DTU.
  • It is required that the research is published as journal papers and presented at scientific conferences. Most of the work will be done in national and international funded research projects lead by other staff persons in the department. Teaching will be a limited part of the position.
  • Candidates should have or develop skills to write research project proposals and lead projects.
  • Good communication skills, patience and a positive attitude to working in a team are essential requirements for the successful applicant. The daily working language is English.

    Further qualifications:

  • Specialization in fatigue of composite materials and structures,
  • Strong skills in structural testing and preferable with wind turbine blades,
  • Practical sense of structural response and understanding of what a good design is,
  • Work experience with experimental damage detection and characterization,
  • Work experience with multiscale damage modelling of composite materials and structures,
  • Work experience with sensor and measurement technology is an advantage,
  • Work experience with beam cross-section analysis is an advantage,
  • Work experience with finite element modelling is an advantage,
  • Work experience with structural dynamics is an advantage,
  • Work experience with data management is an advantage,
  • Work experience with wind energy is an advantage,
  • Ability to work independently towards the research goals,
  • Ability to collaborate with other researchers,
  • Fluency in communication, reading and writing English.
  • You must contribute to the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

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

    You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills
  • Salary and terms of employment The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant's qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

    Starting date is January 1, 2022 (or according to mutual agreement). The daily workplace is DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark. Some travelling can be expected.

    Further information

    Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Kim Branner tel.: +45 2365 3270, e-mail: kibr@dtu.dk

    You can read more about the Wind Energy Department on

    www. vindenergi.dtu.dk/english

    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 1 October 2021 (Danish time).

    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)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see https:// orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply

    DTU Wind Energy has more than 240 staff members, including 150 academic staff members and approximately 50 PhD students. DTU Wind Energy has a considerable degree of innovation and cooperation with companies and sector associations within the wind industry in Denmark and abroad. The research is conducted within the three main topics wind energy systems, wind turbine technology, and basics for wind energy. DTU Wind Energy is one of the largest and most prominent research institutions within wind energy.

    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 vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 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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