Marie Curie PhD fellowship in Digitalizing Wind Turbine Subsystems for Fast Prototyping and Grid Compliance (ESR12)

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Are you searching the best opportunity to become a future leader in the field of energy system research? Then you need to look no further. The Center for Electric Power and Energy at the Department of Electrical Engineering invites applications for a 3-year Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR), to be hired by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and enrolled in our PhD programme at DTU.

The position is ESR12 under the project InnoCyPES (Project ID: 956433), funded by H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Training Networks ( The consortium will recruit 15 Marie Curie Early-Stage Researchers working with relevant topics in the same research field. Working in a group of 15 talented researchers, you will not only gain knowledge beyond the state of the art but also a vibrant network that can be invaluable for your future development. 

If you are at the early stage of your research or looking for the best possible foundation to start your research career and would lead the research in energy systems in the future, the position can provide you the best place to learn the state of the art of the technologies, investigate and build use cases from industrial practices, and acquire the essential software and hardware skills to lead the innovation in technology development. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
The wind industry is facing more customized needs on wind turbine design and manufacturing, due to various onshore/offshore conditions and grid code requirements. You will work in the Grid Compliance department within Offshore Technology of SGRE, and contribute to build digital signatures of wind turbine subsystems including auxiliary systems based on the current DD wind turbine development, type test data and field measurements, combining whitebox, blackbox, and greybox types of simulation models, incorporating statistical models of the grid, eventually establish a digital twin representation of the grid connected wind turbine and wind power plant control. The developed Digital Twin system will be used to enrich the testing and grid compliance process and methodologies for both, wind turbine and wind power plant.

You are also expected to develop methodologies based on the operational data for evaluating the performance of wind turbines/wind power plants according to grid codes and validate wind power plant simulation models through data mining and event extraction. The work should reduce the cost and time in product development cycles by highly innovative and transferable methodologies.

The work is in collaboration with Austrian Institute of Technology, and in close cooperation with the consortium partners to ensure high customer confidence and acceptance of the new workflow.

Applicants shall have proven interest in interdisciplinary research and be able to work independently as well as in a team. Besides, the following requirements are to be met:

  • Applicants must have a university degree that qualifies for PhD studies at the time of recruitment.
  • an excellent academic record (grades of B or higher)
  • have engineering background relevant to the following areas but not limited to: information science, energy systems engineering, or social science;
  • have good command of English (minimum C1 or equivalent);

The applicants must fulfill the following conditions,

  • Early-stage researchers: Applicants must be early-stage researchers, which means at the date of start, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account. For international European interest organisations, international organisations, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or an 'entity created under Union law', recruited researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by project partners in InnoCyPES collaborating on the PhD project, led by Senior Scientist Guangya Yang, +45 5327 3699, and Advisory Engineer Frank Martin,

The evaluation and assessment will be based on the principle of The European Charter & Code for Researchers.

The enrolment of the PhD programme is subject to academic approval. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
Become a part of SGRE’s mission for sustainability: Clean energy for generations to come. We are a global team of diverse colleagues who share a passion for renewable energy and have a culture of trust and empowerment to make our own ideas a reality. We focus on personal and professional development to grow internally within our organization. Siemens Gamesa offers a wide variety of benefits such as flexible working hours as well as home-office possibility for many colleagues, employer-funded pension, attractive remuneration package (fixed/variable) and local benefits such as subsided lunch, employee discounts and much more.

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging 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 based on the salary conditions of Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN projects. The period of employment is 3 years. The expected start date for the position is 1 November 2021.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Guangya Yang, +45 53 27 36 99, and Advisory Engineer Frank Martin,

You can read more about working in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy at  

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at SGRE/DTU at  
Wind engineers in Denmark or DTU – Moving to Denmark

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 August 2021 (Danish 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 out 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)
  • A 1-page research statement on the above research topic
  • 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)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

SGRE’s Grid Compliance Department is responsible for all grid compliance related aspects during the wind turbine development process – developing and benchmarking of simulation models (WT and WPP level), defining and establishing grid code requirements for future wind turbines (WTs), developing methodologies for grid compliance testing and measurements as well as simulation model validation (including component level- and sub-system level tests). Other aspects of the work are understanding and defining new functionalities that future WT’s needs to fulfill grid codes as well as supporting the feature and parameter ownership for the features the team are responsible for.

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