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Job Record #19033
TitleAssessing the interplay between wind farms and clouds
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Twente
LocationNetherlands, Overijssel, Enschede
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateFriday, May 31, 2024
PhD position  (f/m/d): Assessing the interplay between wind farms and clouds

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 explore how dynamic shifts in atmospheric conditions throughout the day 
influence wind farm performance. This project challenges you to delve into the impact of time-dependent 
atmospheric changes, going beyond traditional simulations for stationary atmospheric conditions. 

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 novel LES 
to investigate the interaction among clouds on wind farm performance and atmospheric transport 
processes. This presents an opportunity to push the boundaries of fundamental fluid and atmospheric 
dynamics, enhance wind farm efficiency, and deepen our understanding of their interaction with the 
atmosphere. Join us in pushing the boundaries of wind energy fluid mechanics 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. 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.

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
Email ApplicationYes
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