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Job Record #17355
TitlePhD Studentship in offshore wind
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerThe University of Manchester
LocationUnited Kingdom, Manchester
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure Date* None *
About the Project
The current average rated power of offshore wind turbines currently being 
installed is 7MW, but by 2030 these are expected to double up to 15MW. These 
future turbines will feature rotor diameters of over 220m with top tip 
heights exceeding 300m, which constitutes an outstanding engineering 
challenge from the point of view of the foundation, structural integrity, 
extreme engineering, and aerodynamics. A key unknown about the working 
principles of these massive rotating devices is their interaction with the 
atmospheric flow, especially considering that future offshore wind farms will 
comprise hundreds of turbines.

This project aims at providing new answers to fluid-mechanic questions such 
as: how do atmospheric phenomena, e.g. low-level jets, impact the wakes 
developed in offshore wind farms (OWFs)?; or how will future wind farms 
change the surrounding atmospheric conditions in regards to humidity, 
temperature or heat flux?

In this project, the student will work with the state-of-the-art 
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) large-eddy simulation code DOFAS (Digital 
Offshore FArms Simulator), capable of representing with high spatial and 
temporal accuracy OWFs. The student is expected to implement new 
functionalities such that atmospheric stability and passive scalar fluxes to 
represent realistic atmospheric boundary layer flows found at offshore 
locations. This novel computational framework will enable the analysis of the 
induced impacts of OWFs in the local and regional meteorology.

This is an exciting multi-disciplinary opportunity to work with supervisors 
at the Offshore Renewable Energy group (Prof Stallard and Dr. Ouro) and the 
Department of Earth and Environment Sciences (Prof Schultz). During the PhD, 
the student is expected to interact with academics across different research 
groups from the University of Manchester, e.g. environmental engineering, 
aerodynamics, or modelling and simulation, as well as external institutions 
and organisations, such as the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Candidates must have a 1st or high 2i in a degree, ideally at Masters level, 
in an Engineering subject, Physics, Mathematics, or Atmospheric Sciences. 
Knowledge in fluid mechanics, numerical methods and computational modelling 
is necessary. The student is expected to have prior experience writing codes 
on Fortran or C/C++, and experience on Linux systems. The ideal candidate is 
expected to have a strong interest in renewable energy, be enthusiastic about 
computational modelling, be able to have a proactive attitude towards problem 
solving independently, and ability to work in multidisciplinary teams. 

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably 
qualified persons. As the School is committed to the principles of the Race 
Equality Charter Mark and Athena SWAN, we would particularly welcome 
applications from women and the black and minority ethnic (BME) community, 
who are both currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will 
be made on merit.

For further information about the project or any informal enquiries, please 
contact Dr Pablo Ouro, Interested applicants 
should provide the following to Dr Ouro:

·        Up-to-date CV;

·        One or two letters of recommendation or references,

·        One-page personal statement including prior experience, motivation 
to learn and future research goals.

Suitable candidates will be asked to complete the electronic application form 
at The University of Manchester. For information on how to apply, go 

Funding Notes:
Fee-waiver PhD scholarship including UKRI stipend if you are from Ethiopia, 
Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe or another developing country.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as this position will 
be closed once a suitable candidate is found. Starting date is anticipated to 
be in early 2022, but this can be earlier.
Contact Information:
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NameDr Pablo Ouro
Email ApplicationYes
Record Data:
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