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

Technical University of Denmark - DTU Wind Energy

Location: Lyngby - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 1st October 2021

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. 

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. 

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 October 2021 (Danish time). 

To view the full announcement and to apply: here

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