Doctoral student in the physics of flows in wind farms

Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 23, 2018
Mar 21, 2018
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KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The Linné FLOW Centre ( ) organizes research in fundamental fluid mechanics at KTH and is one of twenty original centers of excellence set up by the Swedish Research Council (VR). The centre was established with a vision as an outstanding environment for fundamental research in fluid mechanics, where innovative research is born and future research leaders are fostered. It has become one of the internationally-leading research groups in fluid mechanics.

StandUp for Wind ( ) is a research centre profiled towards planning and establishing wind energy in the Swedish electrical network. The centre is a collaboration between KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) and Uppsala University as part of the government's strategic STandUP for Energy research area.

The PhD position will be associated with these two centers.

Job description

Due to the continuous growth of wind energy around the world, there is a great need to understand the fundamental properties of wind-farm flows and its related flow physics in order to be able to enhance the prediction capabilities that are important in the design of the farms.

Within this project we will study the details of the flow behind wind turbines, how a wind turbine affects the next turbine in a park, and how the turbulence in the atmosphere influences the wind park. We will concentrate on a number of basic research questions that provide an understanding of the flow physics phenomena associated with wind farm flow. Some important ones are, how does the state of the atmosphere influence the flow behind a turbine? How are ordered structures created in the flow behind a wind turbine and how do the spiral vortices from the tips breaks down into turbulent flow, and what forces will result in when they interact with the turbine blades. How does the wind farm influence the atmospheric boundary layer? We will use the most modern and accurate computational methods to acquire as detailed flow physics knowledge as possible. Efficient computational methods that we use in other contexts will be adapted to flows around single turbines and wind farms and run on the largest national and international supercomputers.

The fundamental understanding of the flow physics of wind farms is the main target in this framework program and will be used to improve more applied models used in industry to analyze and design wind farms. Scientists in the project are working in cooperation with Swedish industries, thus knowledge transfer in the long term is secured.

The project is part of a cluster of wind energy related projects where other doctoral students and postdocs will be involved at KTH , Uppsala University and the Danish Technical Universty, providing a unique opportunity to participate a fruitful collaborative environment.


We seek highly motivated candidates holding a Master of Science degree in engineering or applied physics, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics or related areas, as well as excellent skills in oral and written communication in English. Only candidates with outstanding grades and background in mathematics and physical disciplines can be considered; previous exposure to HPC and fluid mechanics is advantageous. Also, the applicants should possess the ability to work independently. Applicants about to finish their M.Sc. degrees may be considered for the position.

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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: According to the KTH "salary ladder" for doctoral students
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: S-2018-0231
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  • Published: 2018-02-22
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