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Job Record #19032
TitleLarge-scale impact of wind farms on atmospheric flow
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Twente
LocationNetherlands, Overijssel, Enschede
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateFriday, May 31, 2024
Job description
Are you curious about the intricacies of fluid mechanics, the complexities of turbulence, the capabilities of 
high-performance computing, and the vast potential of wind energy? If groundbreaking research excites 
you and you're keen to join a diverse team, we offer an exhilarating opportunity. We invite you to 
investigate how wind farms influence the performance of adjacent farms. This research is crucial, as we 
envision numerous wind farms in regions like the North Sea, yet the interactions among these wind farm 
clusters remain largely unexplored.

This PhD project is part of the ERC Consolidator Grant project WINDFLOW, which strives to develop 
groundbreaking large-eddy simulation strategies for wind farm flows. Your research will develop a 
fundamental understanding of wind farms' large-scale impact on moisture transport, atmospheric stability, 
cloud dynamics, turbulent transport within the atmosphere, and the interactions between wind farms. This 
project represents an opportunity for us to advance our collective knowledge of fluid and atmospheric 
dynamics relevant to wind energy. Join us in pushing the boundaries of wind energy fluid mechanics 

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. Experience with programming languages such as Fortran, C/C++, MATLAB, or 
Python is advantageous. Candidates should thrive in an international environment and have excellent 
communication skills to actively contribute to team research efforts. You will present your work at 
international conferences. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. We value independence 
and responsibility while promoting teamwork and collaboration among 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.

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:
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NameRichard Stevens
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