ESR position PhD Position (zEPHYR): Atmospheric BL simulations with uncertain weather parameters and impact on WT performance

Department Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics
Deadline None

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher position in the H2020 ETN project

zEPHYR - Towards a more efficient exploitation of on-shore and urban wind energy resources

ESR position for a PhD project entitled Atmospheric Boundary Layer simulations with
uncertain weather parameters and impact on WT performance and near-field noise

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A total of 15 PhD positions are available at 8 universities, 1 research center and 4 industries, in the framework of the European Marie Curie European Training Network (ETN) zEPHYR. This project is focused on the development of performant wind farms by addressing simultaneously the individual performance of each turbine composing the wind farm, and the efficient harvesting of the local wind resources in on-shore and urban environments. The researchers recruited in zEPHYR will investigate emerging technologies through laboratory experiments, theoretical modelling and numerical simulations addressing the following aspects: mesoscale and microscale atmospheric boundary layer simulations, rotor aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and structural dynamics, atmospheric propagation and human factors, uncertainty quantification, sensitivity analysis and multi-physical optimization.

In that context, the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) is offering an ESR position for a PhD project entitled

Atmospheric Boundary Layer simulations with uncertain weather parameters and impact on WT performance and near-field noise

This research project is based on the VKI mesoscale and microscale simulation framework and is aimed at extending the Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) analysis previously applied to pollutant dispersion, to the aerodynamic performance and near-field noise of wind turbines. The ABL simulation results will feed into detailed aerodynamic and aeroacoustic solvers in order to carry out UQ analysis of the impact of uncertain weather inputs on the power output and noise radiated towards a near-field hemisphere centered on the wind turbine. Both large on-shore and small urban wind turbines are considered. This project will be coupled to a second PhD thesis aimed at predicting the effect of atmospheric variability on the long-distance atmospheric propagation towards rural and urban communities.

The PhD will be mainly based at the VKI under supervision by Profs. Jeroen van Beeck and Christophe Schram, and several secondments are foreseen at partner institutions of the zEPHYR network: at Siemens Gamesa (Denmark), The Nottingham Trent University (UK), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) and Valeo (France).

The contract can start between the 1st of November 2019 and the 1st of August 2020.

The multidisciplinary topics addressed in zEPHYR are scientifically challenging and of high technological and economical relevance, promising interesting career perspectives in academic and multi-sectorial industrial environments. The zEPHYR partners do strictly adhere to the ethical standards of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers[1]. Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must satisfy some eligibility rules, in particular in terms of transnational mobility.[2] A strict equal opportunity, gender-neutral and internationally comparable recruitment procedure is implemented.


You will work in an excellent multi-disciplinary and international environment.

You will access to the famous von Karman Institute Lecture Series.

The three-year contract will be based on the applicant's performance;

You will be part of an international research consortium and will benefit from it.

In addition, we offer you:

- Flexible working hours

- Competitive salary plus allowances (included in the ITN package): Living, Mobility and Family Allowances

More information on the ITN financial support available on the EU website. The next Info Day will take place in November.

How to Apply

For further information, please contact Prof. Christophe Schram by phone (+32 2 3599 615) or email (

Application (cover letter, CV and references) should be send to Prof. Christophe Schram by email (

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