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Job Record #17321
TitlePhD - Simulations of offshore wind farm turbulence
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Twente
LocationNetherlands, Overijssel, Enschede
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateWednesday, December 01, 2021
Job description
Are you fascinated by the effect of turbulence on wind energy production? Are you highly motivated to do 
a PhD in a dynamic research environment? We are looking for a PhD student to study flow dynamics in 
wind farms using state-of-the-art computer simulations!

Advancements in wind turbine technology have resulted in growing use of wind energy to reduce carbon 
emissions. Modern wind turbines and wind farms are becoming so large that their performance is affected 
by atmospheric turbulence flow phenomena that are not yet well explored. In this PhD project, you will 
develop novel large-eddy simulation techniques to study how atmospheric turbulence and wind-wave 
interactions affect the power production and structural loading experienced by wind turbines in an 
offshore environment.

Work is carried out in the Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. We study 
various fluid mechanical problems using experiments, simulations, and theoretical methods. The group is 
embedded in the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics, and the J.M. Burgerscentrum for Fluid 
Mechanics. For further information, you are encouraged to visit us at and, where you can read more on our 

We seek highly motivated early-career researchers with an excellent background in fluid dynamics, 
mechanical engineering, computational physics, applied physics, or closely related areas! Programming 
experience (Fortran, C/C++, MATLAB, Python) is a plus.  Must enjoy working in an internationally oriented 
environment and contributing to the research of team-members. We welcome strong interpersonal skills 
and interest in sharing knowledge at conferences and meetings. Proficiency in English is required, both 
spoken and written.

Our offer
This position plays a key role in the wind farm project and is embedded in a dynamic research group with 
colleagues working on similar topics.
•	Full-time 4-year PhD position.
•	Full status as an employee, including pension and health care benefits. Salary and conditions are in 
accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch universities.
•	We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities, including 
access to top supercomputers.
•	A personal development program within the Twente Graduate School, combined with excellent 
•	Gross monthly salary of € 2.395 in the first year, increasing each year up to € 3.061 in the fourth year.
•	A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
•	Between 29 and 41 leave days in case of full-time employment.
•	The university is situated on a green campus with facilities for sports and other activities.
•	Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their 
taxable salary (the 30% tax regulation).

Information and application
Please submit your application to Richard Stevens (, including:
•	A cover letter outlining your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position.
•	A detailed CV.
•	Transcripts from your Bachelor and Master degrees.
•	Contact information of two scientific staff members (one should be the supervisor of your MSc thesis 
project) who are willing to provide a recommendation letter at our request.
•	An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We do not discriminate on the 
basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, 
or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable 
accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job 
functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request 

Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #17321 when responding to this ad.
NameRichard Stevens
Email ApplicationYes
AddressUniversity of Twente
Faculty Science and Technology
Physics of Fluids
P.O. Box 217
7500AE Enschede
The Netherlands
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