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2 Early Stage Research PhD positions in the DyVirt ETN at SiemensGamesa Denmark within CMS, Structural Health Monitoring and Blade Composites

Siemens Gamesa

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Brande - Denmark
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Please see Benefits section for further information
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th September 2018
Closes: 24th September 2018
Reference: UOS018827

As part of the DyVirt ETN, for our Technology Development module we are looking for two highly skilled engineers with strong knowledge of composite integrity and structural health monitoring. The engineers will be working on modelling and validating damage models and uncertainty propagation of damages on wind turbine blades within the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network.

The researcher will be part of the Condition Monitoring department and interface to the Blade Structural Design Department. These departments are responsible for condition monitoring and the design of new blades and the development of core technologies. As part of the training program, the researcher will have two secondments at partner institutions.

What are my responsibilities?

· Develop new micro/macro scale models of the evolution of composite damage in turbine blades

· Develop V&V methods for validating the damage models using coupon and substructure testing

· Validate structural health monitoring, diagnostic and prognostic systems, based on data from turbine blade models

· Develop uncertainty propagation methodology for wind turbine blade damage models

· Predict risk assessment framework to characterize the risk in a real system

· Proactively maintain interfaces with other PhD students within the program

· Proactively maintain interfaces in both the Load and Control and the Blade module

The ESR positions offer an exciting opportunity to work with leading experts across Europe to develop advanced virtual models for the dynamic behaviour of engineering structures, primarily for offshore wind energy applications via the DyVirt European Training Network (ETN), funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme.

The DyVirt network will provide an ESR training program in which the Ph.D. research activities are complemented by a network-wide secondment scheme, training events, scientific workshops and summer schools, providing each ESR in the network opportunities for wide ranging inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary career development.

The scientific aim of DyVirt is to radically improve the level of trust that can be attributed to virtual models of the dynamic behaviour of engineering structures by augmenting models with data and advanced uncertainty analysis. These new developments will be implemented as a series of new verification and validation methods, with applications focused primarily on the wind energy sector.

The DyVirt network consists of leading academic institutions and companies from 7 different countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Poland, Switzerland and UK).


The MSCA programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment [Living Allowance = 37,000 euro/year (correction factor to be applied per country) + Monthly mobility allowance = 600 to 850 euro depending on the family situation]. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. The approximate gross salary stated above is subject to employers statutory deductions and the amount varies according to the living costs of the host country.

PhD fees will be covered by the project grant.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should; (1) have a Masters degree in engineering, computer science, physics or applied mathematics, (2) be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career, (3) have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree, and (4) a willingness and ability to take part in secondments at other network partners premises.

Mobility Rule: Researchers can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date.

Researchers must be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree.

Selection process

Apply online in English for the job at Please note that we will reply by email. We are looking forward to receiving your online application. Please ensure you complete all areas of the application form to the best of your ability, as we will use the data to review your suitability for the role.

If you have specific questions about the position please contact the hiring manager Lars Oliver Bernhammer via phone +45 2333 5451 or Claus Sejdelin Schroeder via phone +45 3037 6143.

For further information regarding the recruitment process, please send the recruiting team an email via Please mention the Job ID in the email.

We kindly draw your attention to the fact that this email may not be used for sending applications or CVs for evaluation.

Deadline for applications: as soon as possible

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