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Job Record #19031
TitleSimulations of offshore wind farm turbulence
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Twente
LocationNetherlands, Overijssel, Enschede
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateFriday, May 31, 2024
PhD position  (f/m/d): Simulations of offshore wind farm turbulence

Job description
Are you captivated by the intricacies of fluid mechanics, the complexities of turbulence, the power of high-
performance computing, and the potential of wind energy? If you're passionate about pioneering research 
and eager to be part of a dynamic team, we have an exciting opportunity for you. We're seeking an 
enthusiastic PhD candidate to study flow dynamics in offshore wind farms, developing novel computer 
simulations. As the scale of wind turbines and farms expands, particularly in offshore settings, they 
present novel challenges due to the unique atmospheric turbulence phenomena that remain largely 

This PhD project, integral to the ERC consolidator WINDFLOW project, is dedicated to the development 
and application of novel large-eddy simulation techniques. Your research will illuminate the intricate 
dynamics between wind and waves, assessing their influence on the efficiency of offshore wind farms. This 
is a chance to advance knowledge in renewable energy and significantly contribute to improving wind farm 
efficiency. Join us in advancing the frontier of wind energy research!

This research is conducted in the Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. 
Our work spans various fluid mechanical challenges, employing experiments, simulations, and theoretical 
approaches. The group is affiliated with the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics and the J.M. 
Burgerscentrum for Fluid Mechanics. For further insights, visit us and

We are seeking applications from motivated early-career researchers with a strong background in fluid 
dynamics, mechanical engineering, computational physics, applied physics, mathematics, geophysics, or 
related subject areas. Proficiency in programming languages such as Fortran, C/C++, MATLAB, or Python 
is advantageous. Candidates should thrive in an international environment and actively contribute to team 
research efforts. Excellent communication skills and a willingness to share knowledge at conferences and 
meetings are highly valued. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. We encourage a high 
degree of responsibility and independence while collaborating with colleagues.

Our offer
This position is integral to the ERC WINDFLOW project and offers integration into a dynamic research 
group with peers exploring similar themes.
•	A full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
•	Salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch 
universities (CAO-NU).
•	Access to novel research facilities, including top-tier supercomputers.
•	Professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente.
•	Excellent mentorship and a stimulating international research environment.
•	The monthly salary is € 2.770 in the first year, increasing yearly to € 3.539 in the fourth year.
•	There are excellent benefits, including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-
of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
•	A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.
•	Free access to sports facilities on campus.

Information and application
To apply, please email your application to Richard Stevens (, including:
•	A cover letter highlighting your specific interests, qualifications, and motivation for this position.
•	A detailed CV (resume).
•	An academic transcript of BSc and MSc education, including grades.
•	Contact information of two academic references who are willing to provide a recommendation letter at 
our request.

We are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion at our university and do not discriminate based on 
race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. We 
provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities during the application process, 
interviews, and employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #19031 when responding to this ad.
NameRichard Stevens
Email ApplicationYes
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