Development Engineer for Renewable Park Optimization

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The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a Software Development Engineering position in in the Systems Engineering and Optimization Section (SYS, part of the Wind Energy Systems (WES) division) at DTU Risø Campus. DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to be the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. The department creates value for society through integration of research with education, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.

DTU Wind Energy develops state-of-the-art design methods to ensure the best performance, lowest cost and overall structural integrity of wind turbines as well as advance the design, operation and control of entire wind power plants for the future needs of the evolving energy system. This is a highly multi-disciplinary issue involving modeling of wind flow, aerodynamics, structures, controls, and more at varying levels of fidelity. The SYS section focuses on modelling, analysis and optimal design of system engineering solutions for complex systems in wind energy with particular focus on the interplay between wind farm flow, dynamics and control of wind farm turbines and techno-economic assessment of wind farm design and operation. The research outcome is implemented in software tools and incorporated in courses to the benefit of the wind energy community in general.

This development engineer position focuses on developing and applying theoretical expertise in wind farm optimization in particular as a crucial element of the overall section and department activities in research, education and innovation.

The position as a software development engineer is a permanent position at entry-level.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your work will mainly be focused within systems engineering and optimization activities in research and commercial projects in Systems Engineering and Optimization Section at DTU Wind Energy. Specific tasks will include:

  • Development and adaptation of models for wind turbine and farm physics and costs for the TOPFARM wind farm optimization framework including PyWake and HyDesign
  • Executing wind farm optimization studies in a range of applications including but not limited to: wind farm layout optimization, design of wind farm collection systems, hybrid plant sizing and physical design, forecasting, etc.
  • Development and adaptation of models for time-series analysis of renewable energy systems in CorRES
  • Executing studies in Large Scale Energy Systems and participate in the development and integration activities between TOPFARM and CorRES, the large-scale renewable energy generation model at DTU including the DTU balancing toolchain.
  • Eventually, writing papers for conferences and journal publications, supporting development of research proposals, and participation on commercial projects for improving wind farm optimization practice by industry

In addition, you are also expected to support the activities on the overall maintenance, documentation, training and support of the collective TOPFARM-PyWake-HyDesign-CorRES software framework and model suite.

The research aims at creating new valuable knowledge within the wind farm systems engineering and optimization area and implementation of this in department activities as well as in the industry in both the short and long term. Much of our activities are performed in collaboration with the industry, as well as other Danish and foreign research institutions.

In addition, the researcher is also expected to contribute to the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the ongoing projects in WES with reporting and administration
  • Offer support and assistance in teaching the wind energy courses relating to systems engineering and optimization and developing course materials if required
  • Co-supervise our wind energy master students relating to wind farm systems engineering and optimization and define the potential projects for the master students

The section for Systems Engineering and Optimization at DTU Wind Energy is looking for a software development engineer with a background in optimization and applied mathematics and its application in wind and renewable energy. The candidate must hold a degree in relevant engineering and/or computer science disciplines. Key skills of interest include:

  • Experience with scientific programming
  • Experience with Python programming languages and scientific libraries
  • Experience with High Performance Computing
  • Experience with Data Science (e.g. machine learning, etc)
  • Experience working in a programming team and following established software development practices (e.g. version control, testing, continuous integration, etc)

Experience with advanced multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization (MDAO) methods using both gradient, heuristic, meta-heuristic and mixed methods is preferable. Experience with uncertainty quantification and statistical analysis is also preferable. Experience with Matlab and GAMS will be considered as added advantage.

It is important that you are open-minded, responsible, self-driven, ready to engage in a team and have good communication skills.

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

The workplace is DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 15 April 2021. Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

If you would like additional information about the position, you are welcome to contact Head of Section Katherine Dykes, phone +45 2179 9259 or e-mail:

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy our homepage:

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Wind Energy has more than 240 staff members, including 150 academic staff members and approximately 50 PhD students. DTU Wind Energy has a considerable degree of innovation and cooperation with companies and sector associations within the wind industry in Denmark and abroad. The research is conducted within the three main topics wind energy systems, wind turbine technology, and basics for wind energy. DTU Wind Energy is one of the largest and most prominent research institutions within wind energy.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.