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PhD in Variable Wave Energy Converter Farms

The Energy Transition is a high priority for many countries globally and Renewable Energies are a key pillar and contributor to mitigate Climate Change …

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
€ 2434 - € 3111 per maand


The Energy Transition is a high priority for many countries globally and Renewable Energies are a key pillar and contributor to mitigate Climate Change effects maintaining global temperatures below 2oC, and address the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. Europe is a global leader in these efforts with long-term goal in 2050 to be a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy.

This PhD will look in to wave energy farm deployments which is an untapped renewable energy resource, spearheading the global trends Europe has set clear targets for 1GW by 2030 and 40 GW by 2050. Currently, there are numerous wave energy converters (WEC) and scaling up to GW scale installations will require massive deployments. Different WECs have different geometries and thus different wave structure interactions. These floating bodies interactions depend on numerous parameters such resource, size, principle of wave energy extraction operation, etc. A key feature in WEC operation is that they have to ensure survivability, reliability without increasing their costs, whilst also quantifying potential investment deferrals.

This PhD position will investigate wave structure interactions in large scale WEC farms, with different geometries, leading to the design of tool(s) and methodologies. There are several challenges when WEC farms are designed, they can be influenced by in-farm wave structure interactions. Changing the packing factors of WEC can lead to increased/decreased power production, wave reduction and change in propagated resources.

During your PhD you will work with numerical simulation of different WECs (with potential methods of computational fluid dynamics, etc), investigating ways to optimally deploy different and mixed wave farms, you will investigate the power production, reliability, survivability and wave wake effects from the structures. The research will also look into the optimal positioning for different outcomes based on advanced models, such as machine learning, genetic algorithms, etc

As a PhD candidate you will be part of the Offshore Engineering section in the Hydraulic Engineering department, supervised by Dr. George Lavidas and Prof. Dr. Andrei Metrikine. As part of this project, you will be given the opportunity to work with leading academic and industrial partners.


We are looking for an excellent candidate with the following qualifications, knowledge and skills:

  • A master's degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, or relevant domain.
  • Knowledge of fluid structure interactions, numerical simulations.
  • Good programming skills (Fortran/Python/Matlab, etc)
  • A proven interest in offshore energies, knowledge of wave energy is highly appreciated.
  • Self-motivated, autonomous, curiosity-driven, open to communicate and collaborate with others.
  • Excellent English language skills (TOEFL of 100 and IELTS of 7.0 per part).


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2.434 per month in the first year to € 3.111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. George Lavidas email: g.lavidas@tudelft.nl.