Universität Stuttgart

Early-Stage-Researcher position in the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN Project FLOAWER

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07.11.2019 - 16:35


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The application for this position can only take place and is mandatory via the FLOAWER website http://www.floawer-h2020.eu/esrs-recruitment/

General information about the  FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) project

The FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) will provide 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) with an interdisciplinary training with the aim to design better performing, economically viable floating wind turbines.

FLOAWER network uniquely gathers outstanding academics and FOW industrial leaders, covering the entire offshore wind industry value chain (i.e. farm developers, offshore subsystem suppliers -turbine, floater, mooring- and wind resource specialists). FLOAWER multidisciplinary approach will endow the ESR with scientific, technical, and soft skills to train the new generation of high-profile scientists and engineers, provide them with enhanced career perspectives and address offshore wind energy industry needs.

FLOAWER will strengthen European wind energy industry leadership and competitiveness.

Research fields: Wind energy, atmospheric sciences, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, structures, mechanical design

More information about the FLOAWER project can be found on

http://www.floawer-h2020.eu/ and https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/457837

Title of the ESR_PhD Research Project (ESR2)
Assessing the measurements of offshore wind conditions using LiDAR on floating platforms for resource assessment and power curve verification

Abstract of research project
To measure wind conditions offshore for different wind energy applications such as resource assessment and power curve determinations new methods are needed as met masts are not cost effective or installable in deep water. Therefore floating LiDAR systems have emerged on the market and the first offshore wind projects have been planned on the basis of floating LiDAR data. In addition LiDAR systems can be installed on already existing floating structures such as floating WTs on the turbine nacelle and/or the transition piece to determine wind conditions at an already existing plant. The objective of this study is to compare and evaluate different possible methods to measure wind conditions with LiDAR devices installed on floating structures especially related to applications like wind resource assessment.

Research programme:

  1. General study of advantages and disadvantages of different possibilities to measure wind conditions offshore with floating structures
  2. Analytical comparison of different methods to measure wind conditions with a LiDAR from different floating platforms and positions (e.g. floating LiDAR, nacelle-based, transition piece based, floater based) for wind resource assessment and power curve determination
  3. Development of new and extension of existing simulation environments for LiDAR measurements on floating structures performing wind field reconstruction
  4. Verification of the simulation environment with real measurement data
  5. Assessment of the uncertainties of LiDAR measurements on different floating structures

Starting Date:   01/05/2020
Duration: 36 months
Deadline for the application: 31/12/2019

About Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE)
SWE is internationally well known for pioneering work in the area of wind lidar for wind energy applications. We are constantly looking for new ways to understand better the wind by developing new lidar hardware and models. We explore new applications, and look for opportunities to apply the results of the research to wind energy. SWE has been a driving force in the adoption of wind lidar for wind turbine and wind plant controls, which will continue to be an important application in the future. We work on a wide range of national and international projects and act as Operating Agent for the IEA Wind Task 32. The working environment is very dynamic and international and Stuttgart is located in a region known for technological innovation and research.


The amount corresponds to the amount the university receives from the Research Executive Agency for the researcher costs and includes the living and mobility allowance as well as a family allowance, if applicable. It is a gross amount and includes the employer's share of social security contributions and the employee’s share of social security contributions, including tax. The obligation to pay taxes and to contribute to social insurance (health, nursing, unemployment and pension insurance) is based on the relevant regulations.

For more info about salary calculation, the requisites for family allowance and more details on the employment conditions, please see the founding body rules: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf

Approval and Enrolment

The PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled as a PhD student at University of Stuttgart. For information about the general requirements for enrolment, please see the University of Stuttgart PhD Guide.


The workplace will be at Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE) which is affiliated at the Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB), Allmandring 5B, 70569 Stuttgart


The application for this position can only take place and is mandatory via the FLOAWER website


If you have any further questions concerning the position please get in touch with  the contact person listed below.



Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in Meteorology, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer Science

The successful candidate is required to have:

  • Motivation to dive into difficult research questions
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperate effectively in a team
  • Creativity, analytical skills, and perseverance for scientific work.
  • Fluency in communicating and reporting in English

The candidate would benefit from having:

  • Basic experience in the use of wind lidar and wind measurements in general
  • Basic knowledge of wind energy
  • Experience with field measurements and data analysis
  • Some knowledge of the German language

In addition, the successful candidate should satisfy at the time of the recruitment the following mandatory characteristics:

  • having not more than 4 years of equivalent research experience (i.e. working as researcher after obtaining your master’s degree)
  • Having not been awarded a PhD degree
  • Having not resided or carried out her/his main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years


Herr Oliver Bischoff
70569 Stuttgart

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Institut / Einrichtung
Stuttgarter Lehrstuhl für Windenergie (SWE) @ Institut für Flugzeugbau
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
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Dienstag, 31. Dezember 2019 - 23:59


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