New PhD positions

DTU Wind Energy offers eight new PhD positions. We offer 15 different PhD subjects for all to apply for.

Three topics are within the division of Wind Energy Systems (WES), six topics within the division of Wind Energy Materials and Components (WMC) and six topics within the division of Wind Turbine Design (WTD).

Wind Energy Systems

In the Wind Energy Systems division, focus is on the sustainability of renewable energy, system engineering of both onshore and offshore wind farms, systems integration of renewable energy into the large energy systems, social acceptance, energy economics and policy, resource assessment, meteorology and remote sensing. The vision is to accelerate and lower the cost of the green energy transition by developing the social, scientific and technical basis for future wind farms for both onshore and offshore.

1. Typhoon wind and turbulence structure, and its impact on wind energy application
2. Multi-objective Wind Farm Control (WFC) for Floating Offshore Wind Farms
3. Terrain-induced turbulence including stability, via combined mesoscale and microscale modelling

Wind Energy Materials and Components
In the Wind Energy Materials and Components division the focus is on the development of the next generation of materials, components and structures allowing larger and more sustainable wind turbines that will be manufactured in large numbers to meet the climate change challenges. Digital twins are being developed in WMC by combining, multidisciplinary research and modelling with experimental and operational data. The research topics proposed will benefit from a suite of tools for structural design, materials properties and damage propagation modelling, as well as experimental facilities including full scale manufacturing and testing of blades, material characterization laboratories and sensing technologies. 

4. Reliability of wind turbine drivetrain bearings in wind farms
5. Developing a multi-physics model for 3D printing of sustainable composite structures
6. Predicting the mechanical performance of composite materials and subcomponents for wind turbine blades through manufacturing modelling
7. Digital twin of new element test specimens
8. Digital twin of leading edges on WT blades (erosion degradation and roughness)
9. Predictive health monitoring using digital twin of wind turbine blade

Wind Turbine Design
In the Wind Turbine Design division, focus is on the turbine technologies, ranging from the aerodynamic design (airfoils, blade design, rotor design), turbine control, response prediction to the utilization of combined modelling and test data to optimize the trade-off between turbine cost and performance. For the future, the continued up-scaling of turbines will increase the importance of both further performance optimization and risk-reduction in the design and validation phases. The future large turbines of 20+MW will require new technologies and technical solutions, and the value of risk-reduction based on improved design tools and validation methods is high. It is a focus point for the Wind Turbine Design division to continue the development of high-fidelity design tools for the future design, including multi-fidelity rotor models for efficient and reliable design optimization, prediction of instabilities, acoustics and control.

10. Linearized aero-hydro-servo elastic modelling of Floating Wind Turbines
11. Simple spinner lidar for turbine verification and control
12. Free-form aerostructural design of wind turbine blades
13. Study of wind turbine tower vortex-induced vibrations using high-fidelity models
14. Transfer of steady 2D acoustic measurements in a wind tunnel to noise emission of a wind turbine blade in dynamic inflow 
15. Use of digital twin for model predictive control

Apply for any of the PhD-positions here.


Cathy Jingqing Suo
Head of Division
DTU Wind Energy
+45 93 51 89 88


Ignacio Martí
Head of Division
DTU Wind Energy
+45 93 51 15 11


Kenneth Thomsen
Head of Division, Wind Turbine Design
DTU Wind Energy
+45 93 51 10 80