PhD Scholarship in Optical remote sensing lidar in wind tunnels

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Grønland & Færøerne
Udlandet (øvrige)

Frist 6. januar 2020

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher – PhD position
General information about the Lidar Knowledge Europe (LIKE) project

LIdar Knowledge Europe (LIKE) fosters training and education of young researchers on emerging laser-based wind measurement technologies and their translation into industrial applications. Doppler Lidars (light detection and ranging) that measure the wind in the atmosphere remotely have reduced in price and increased in reliability over the last decade mainly done by European universities and companies serving the growing wind energy industry. This opens the possibility for new applications in many areas. LIKE improves, tests and refines the technology thus expanding these areas of application. LIKE promotes wind energy applications such as wind resource mapping using scanning lidars and control of single wind turbines or entire wind farms in order to increase energy production and reduce mechanical loads. LIKE maps unusual atmospheric flow patterns over airports in real-time and thus improves the safety of landing aircrafts. LIKE explores wind and turbulence under extreme conditions at the sites of future European bridges paving the road for optimal bridge design. LIKE trains 15 ESRs to an outstanding level at European academic institutions and industrial companies, thus forming strong interdisciplinary relations between industry and technical sciences. These relations are implemented through employment of the ESRs at academia as well as industry, and through inter-sectoral secondments. Finally, translation of technology into specific applications is emphasised through the implementation of an entrepreneurship training course LIKE partners, particularly industry.

Further information on the Innovation Training Network Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Lidar Knowledge Europe (LIKE) at

The Department of Wind Energy in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) is seeking a PhD for the Section of Meteorology and Remote Sensing.

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.

Please look at for more details on the type of activities we undertake.

Responsibilities and tasks
The aim of the study is to investigate and develop the potential of using optical remote sensing lidars for wind measurements in wind tunnels and connect it with aerodynamic, wind engineering, and wind energy applications.

You will be nurturing the exciting new developments for wind measurements in wind tunnels that have a tight kinship with the past decade of DTU Wind Energy fostered development and application of the WindScanner concept of synchronized scanning Doppler lidars for 3D measurements of wind fields around for instance full-scale wind turbines and other structures (

You will investigate various signal processing schemes and beam scanning methods for shorter ranges including but not limited to the possibility of moving the whole continuous-wave Doppler lidar telescope by a steerable platform such as a robotic arm for remote sensing of flows on the meter-scale with sampling volumes of a few centimeters.

You will commit with lidar set-ups and support with analysis in applied aerodynamic, wind engineering, and wind energy cooperative research campaigns in wind tunnels together with researchers, engineers, and technicians with a broad spectrum of expertise.

Expected results

    • A research educated expert on experimental optical lidar remote sensing of wind.
    • Wind lidar concept and instrument development.
    • Measurement campaign in the FORCE Technology wind tunnel (Denmark) with controllable turbulence and backscattering for studying the lidar instrument characteristics (
    • Applied lidar measurements on wind turbine blade profiles in the new Danish Poul la Cour aerodynamic and acoustic wind tunnel with speeds up to 105 m/s (
    • Applied measurement campaign on flow around bridges, wind turbines, and other scaled structures in the PoliMi wind tunnel (Italy) interlinking with other LIKE PhD studies relating to bridges and wind turbines (
    Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or physics or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in physics, engineering or similar.

    The successful candidate is also required to have:

    • Desire for experimental hands-on work combined with a mathematical mindset.
    • Passion for data signal processing and measurement data analysis.
    • Curiosity and a willingness to learn about instrument control, data acquisition, motion control systems, robotics, aerodynamics, and meteorology.
    • Wishes to acquire deep knowledge and experience with electro-optical, and opto-mechanical techniques; especially Lidar technology for wind measurements.
    • Ability to work in a project team and take responsibility for own research goals.
    • Fluency in communicating and reporting in English.

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

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

    The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirements for admission to a doctoral program at DTU.

    The present PhD project will take advantage of collaboration with researchers and engineers at Technical University of Denmark, Politecnico di Milano, and FORCE Technology.

    Starting Date: 1st of February 2020 (preferable) and latest 1st of April 2020.

    Duration: 36 months.

    Approval and Enrolment
    The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

    The assessment of the applicants will be made by Head of Section, Dr. Hans E. Jørgensen, Prof. Jakob Mann, Dr. Charlotte Hasager, and Dr. Mikael Sjöholm from DTU.

    We offer
    DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

    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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

    For more info about salary calculation, the requisites for Family allowance and more details on the employment conditions, please see the founding body rules:

    The workplace will be DTU Wind Energy, Risø Campus in Roskilde. During the 3 years of employment, one stay at Politecnico di Milano, Italy of 4 months duration will take place with a focus on measurements of flow around small objects. Also stays at FORCE Technology, Denmark of in total 4 months duration with a focus on wind tunnel measurements with lidar should be expected.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

    Further information
    Further information may be obtained from Dr. Senior Researcher, Supervisor of the present PhD project, Mikael Sjöholm,, +45 2132 7254, Dr. Senior Researcher, Team-leader of the Section Meteorology and Remote Sensing, , LIKE project manager Charlotte Hasager,, +45 4677 5014, or Professor Jakob Mann,, +45 2136 2962.

    You can read more about DTU Wind Energy on

    Please submit your online application no later than 6 January 2020 (local time).

    Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
    • A 1-page research statement. Through the research statement, the applicants have the chance to present a research problem that interests them and propose how it might be investigated. The research problem should be preferably related to the topic of the advertised PhD position

    Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

    The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world’s largest centres of wind energy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 37 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department’s cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry.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 11,500 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.

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