Associate Professor/Senior Researcher in Component Reliability and Condition Monitoring at Technical University of Denmark

March 13, 2024

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JOB DESCRIPTION

We are seeking 2 highly skilled and experienced Associate Professors or Senior Researchers to join our team, focusing on the reliability and condition monitoring of mechanical components in wind turbines. One position is part-time (up to 50%) and the other is full-time at the department of Wind and Energy System of Technical University of Denmark, located in Roskilde, Denmark. This role involves conducting cutting-edge research to enhance the performance, reliability, and maintenance strategies of wind turbine systems, with a particular emphasis on drivetrain components such as gearboxes and bearings. The successful candidate will work closely with a multidisciplinary team to develop innovative solutions that reduce operation and maintenance costs, improve energy efficiency, and extend the lifespan of wind turbines.

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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. 

Responsibilities and qualifications

  • Design and implement research projects focused on the reliability and condition monitoring of wind turbine mechanical components.
  • Analyze and interpret data from condition monitoring systems to identify trends, predict failures, and recommend maintenance strategies.
  • Develop and validate models for predicting the performance and failure modes of wind turbine components.
  • Collaborate with industry partners to apply research findings to real-world applications and improve wind turbine design and operation.
  • Stay abreast of advancements in wind turbine technology and condition monitoring techniques, and incorporate these into research projects.
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at relevant conferences and workshops.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy, or a related field, with a strong focus on wind energy systems.
  • Ideally, minimum of 3 years of post-doctoral research experience in wind turbine reliability and condition monitoring.
  • Proven track record of conducting high-impact research, as evidenced by publications in top-tier journals and presentations at major conferences.
  • Deep understanding of wind turbine design, operation, and maintenance practices.
  • Expertise in condition monitoring techniques, data analysis, and failure prediction models for mechanical components.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with industry partners, academic collaborators, and research staff.
  • Previous teaching experiences with strong track records. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Track records of application writing and business booking
  • Demonstrated leadership in project management and coordination
  • Domain experts on tribology, wear, condition monitoring, reliability assessment
  • Experimental research experiences as well as analytical 
  • Mentoring and supervising experiences

You must be responsible for the teaching of courses. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professor/researcher/postdoc and documented didactic/pedagogic training (for an associate professor).
To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching 
  • Research experience 
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience 
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment 

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. 

Starting date is May 1st, February 2024 ( or according to agreement ). One position is part-time (up to 50%) and the other is full-time.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information 

Further information may be obtained from Professor Yi Guo, Head of Section, yiguo@dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 10 April 2024 (23:59 Danish time)

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

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience 
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Wind and Energy Systems is one of the largest and most well-known university department for wind energy in the world with 400 employees. The institute is in the international driving field with a unique integration of research, education, innovation and public / private government service. DTU Wind and Energy Systems has extensive expertise in wind turbine technology, focusing on the impact of loads, structural design and reliability, aeroelastic design and materials.

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 mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.



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