Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in Wind Turbine Control (88188-028)

University of Warwick - School of Engineering

Fixed Term positions (2 posts available) for 36 months.

The School of Engineering is looking to appoint two full-time Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (two posts) to undertake independent and collaborative research in wind turbine control. 

These positions are two of the 15 positions available within the ConFlex project, sponsored by the H2020-MSCA-ITN Program. The ConFlex consortium consists of 15 academics in 10 beneficiary universities located in 6 countries (UK, Israel, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands). In addition, we have four partner universities in Canada, China, USA and France and 11 prestigious industry partners who will be hosting the early stage researchers (ESRs) for secondments, mostly from Europe. The ConFlex consortium will provide the ESRs with extensive technical and interpersonal skills training. Each ESR will have internship opportunities in at least one of the industry partners and will visit at least one of the academic collaborators. The main task of the University of Warwick is to work on the advanced control of wind turbines.

It is essential that you have a good honours degree and hold, or be near completion of, a Master’s degree in the fields of Control Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Data Science or Mechanical Engineering. You will have a developing research profile with the ability to publish high quality research output. You will have excellent IT skills including demonstrable ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations. You are also required to be an excellent communicator with strong communication skills, and be able to evidence excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience of working independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate will have experience and/or knowledge in at least one of the following areas: controller design, optimisation, wind turbines and/or data science.

You will be required to meet Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria. As a condition of the project at the time of recruitment the researcher shall NOT have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project, and you must not have been awarded a doctoral degree. Applicants must be in the first four years of their research career (e.g. working as a researcher after obtaining your Master’s degree) and you will be registered, or demonstrate a willingness to register, for a PhD degree at the University of Warwick.

Funding is for 3 years at approximately 41,276EUR per annum including mobility allowance and will be paid in GBP, subject to exchange rate and tax, national insurance & pension deductions for both employer & employee. Details of the exchange rate arrangements will be provided in any offer of employment made.

These posts are for a fixed term of 36 months to start on 1 April 2018, or as soon as possible after this date.

For informal discussion of this opportunity, please contact Dr. Xiaowei Zhao at

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.

Closing date: 11 March 2018

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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