PhD position on wind turbine aeroelasticity

The work will improve our fundamental understanding of fluid-structure interactions occurring on wind turbine towers and rotors. In a first phase, the high-fidelity CFD numerical models available at TU Delft will be extended and applied to full-scale wind turbines. In a second phase, experimental measurements will be performed in the wind tunnel of Politecnico di Milano and will be used for validation. The knowledge gained by the project will help build mitigation strategies for wind turbine aeroelastic phenomena.

The total PhD duration is 4 years. The PhD candidate will first be hosted by TU Delft (The Netherlands) for a period of 2 years, and then by Politecnico di Milano (Italy) for a period of 2 years. Upon successful completion of the PhD, the candidate will obtain a dual PhD degree from both TU Delft and Politecnico di Milano.

Before starting the position, the candidate should have a MSc Degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic-level equivalent to a Master of Science (5 years minimum duration Bachelor + Master). Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. The Candidate is also expected to live 2 years in the Netherlands and 2 years in Italy.

Furthermore, the successful candidate is required to have:

  • Documented background in CFD, aeroelasticity, or fluid-structure interactions
  • Documented background in wind energy
  • Documented background in programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, Fortran, C)
  • Ability to work in a project team and take responsibility for own research goals
  • Practical skills (preferably)
  • Fluency in communicating and reporting in English

contract: 4 jaar.

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

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Faculty Aerospace Engineering

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 250 PhD candidates and over 2,700 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy and Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments composing Aerospace Engineering. Fundamental research is performed in the Aerodynamics section. Aircraft design, propulsion systems and their integration are the main topics in the FPP section. Wind energy systems, from small wind turbines to large offshore farms, are the objective of the research of the Wind Energy Section. The department operates comprehensive laboratories, equipped with modern wind tunnels and state-of-the-art measurement systems.

The Wind Energy Section facilitates the development of wind energy technology and the expansion of the use of wind power through research and education.

In its research activities there is a focus on large multi megawatt offshore wind turbines and offshore wind farms, though urban and airborne wind power is also addressed. Both technology development aspects as well as fundamental aspects are present in the research program. With respect to educational courses, the BSc and MSc level are offered for Aerospace students, SET students and for the European Wind Energy Master (EWEM) students.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Axelle Viré, Assistant Professsor, e-mail: or tel. +31 15 278 1385.


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